Ice Cube isn’t very cool with losing a trophy to a dead guy.
The self-professed “N*gga with Attitude” and unlikely family film star has come out blasting at MTV after losing out on the Best Onscreen Duo gong to late Fast and Furious stud Paul Walker. Cube believes Walker — who was killed in a fiery car crash in November — and Fast star Vin Diesel only won at Sunday night’s ceremony out of “sympathy.”
Cube’s estimation: The rightful winners were he and his Ride Along co-star, pint-sized funny man Kevin Hart.
Never one to mince words, Cube took his grievance to USA Today, telling the publication:
“We was robbed. Shame on you, MTV. We had the best chemistry of everybody nominated, for us not to win was crazy. We were the best onscreen duo, period.”
Ride Along, which debuted on Blu-Ray/DVD on Tuesday, set a January box office record domestically when it opened in theaters earlier this year. The feature sees Ice Cube as an Atlanta cop who tries to scare off his future brother-in-law (played by Hart) by bringing him along on his beat.
The buddy comedy went on to earn $150 million at the international box office. A sequel is already in the works.
Shortly before the awards, the “Natural Born Killaz” hitmaker tweeted:
“On my way to the MTV movie awards. If me and Kevin Hart don’t win. The fix is in.”
Cube, 44, insists he isn’t questioning Walker’s talent. He just wishes the network had chosen some other way to honor the actor’s work — like giving him an award he actually deserved, for instance.
Don’t shoot the messenger, people.
“They should have gave it to him before he passed away.”
The debacle was enough to send the Ice Man home early.
“I just wasn’t into it. I have been going in and out of these things for 25 years. If you ain’t into it, why torture yourself? As soon as you get bored, get up and leave.”