CNN host Jake Tapper’s negative remarks about Louis Farrakhan earned him a swift rebuke from rapper Ice Cube.
Tapper got the attention of the rap artist and actor after tweeting criticism of Fox for plans to air a message from the Nation of Islam leader whom he called out as a “vile anti-LGBTQ anti-Semitic misogynist.”
The CNN anchor of “The Lead with Jake Tapper” expressed his frustration with the Fox Soul channel after it announced it would be airing a Fourth of July program featuring an address by Farrakhan. Fox TV’s streaming service has since cancelled the live broadcast of the speech titled “Message to America.”
“Farrakhan is a vile anti-LGBTQ anti-Semitic misogynist. Why is a Fox channel airing his propaganda?” Tapper tweeted on Monday.
Farrakhan is a vile anti-LGBTQ anti-Semitic misogynist. Why is a Fox channel airing his propaganda? https://t.co/dmX7A6LSd2
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 29, 2020
Ice Cube soon responded, telling the CNN host, “Watch your mouth Jake.”
Watch your mouth Jake. https://t.co/DqTOr24Yb6
— Ice Cube (@icecube) June 29, 2020
Amid weeks of civil unrest and escalating racial tensions across the nation following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Ice Cube sparked backlash for posting what many felt were anti-semitic tropes on social media. The 51-year-old rapper defended himself after tweeting and retweeting dozens of posts deemed anti-semitic earlier this month.
What if I was just pro-Black? This is the truth brother. I didn’t lie on anyone. I didn’t say I was anti anybody. DONT BELIEVE THE HYPE. I’ve been telling my truth. https://t.co/1SnGaGacM9
— Ice Cube (@icecube) June 11, 2020
Ice Cube’s apparent defense of Farrakhan in his tweet to Tapper seemed to come as no surprise to many.
“It is hard to give Ice Cube the benefit of the doubt given the fact that his anti-Semitic activities have extended beyond the realm of the internet,” the Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern wrote earlier this month. “He’s an ardent supporter of Louis Farrakhan, one of the world’s most prominent anti-Semites, and, most troubling of all, the rapper and actor was accused in May 2015 of ordering his entourage to beat up a rabbi.”
Meanwhile, Tapper has been a vocal critic of Farrakhan, a so-called minister who has frequently directed hateful rhetoric against Jews. The CNN anchor put former Rep. Keith Ellison on the defensive back in 2018 when he questioned his association with Farrakhan and even slammed former President Barack Obama.
This is who Farrakhan is. It’s why folks are legitimately so offended when they found out that then-Sen. Obama and members of the CBC met with him in 2005. https://t.co/QdGpWuGdZ6
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 28, 2018
After much criticism, Fox Soul reversed its decision to carry Farrakhan’s “message” on America’s birthday.
— foxsoultv (@foxsoultv) June 29, 2020
The Anti-Defamation League’s CEO Jonathan Greenblatt had also blasted the initial schedule by the streaming service.
“Louis Farrakhan, a notorious #antisemite & #homophobe, inexplicably continues to get airtime,” Greenblatt tweeted. “He has called Jews ‘termites’ and the #LGBTQ+ community ‘degenerates.’ He deserves condemnation, not exposure.”
Louis Farrakhan, a notorious #antisemite & #homophobe, inexplicably continues to get airtime. He repeatedly elevates hateful conspiracies. He has called Jews “termites” and the #LGBTQ+ community “degenerates.” He deserves condemnation, not exposure. pic.twitter.com/ab6S1fmhoO
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) June 29, 2020
Meanwhile, Twitter users torched Ice Cube over his apparent defense of the controversial Nation of Islam leader.
?? You defending Farrakhan now?
— Dharma (@dharma_junkie) June 29, 2020
100% of what he said is true. Shame on you for defending the man who got Malcolm killed.
— jellyfishdenovo (@jellyfishdenov1) June 29, 2020
Bruh, you can’t be defending Farrakhan
— 🇦🇫 Farid🇺🇸 (@FaridTheDeafGuy) June 29, 2020
What did Tapper say that’s incorrect? You mad because you think he’s wrong or because he exposed Farrakhan for the piece of shit he is?
— Daniel (@DanielApplebaum) June 30, 2020
Tapper is 100% correct, for once.
— Lance ‘Doc’ Pearson 🅙 (@DocLanceP) June 30, 2020
I don’t like Tapper. But he’s not wrong.
— wTc 40 (@CardsFan3240) June 29, 2020