Ice Cube put his foot in his mouth Monday when he said that Paul Walker and Vin Diesel won the MTV Movie Award for Best Onscreen Duo due to “sympathy” votes, and that he and Kevin Hart should have won.

Ice Cube Says Paul Walker Got "Sympathy" Votes For MTV Movie Award

“We was robbed. Shame on you MTV,” Ice Cube told USA Today on Monday, April 14, following the awards.

“We had the best chemistry of everybody nominated, for us not to win was crazy. We were the best onscreen duo, period,” Ice Cube continued.

Ice Cube was nominated for the award with his Ride Along co-star Hart. He went on to say that they lost the due to the “sympathy” votes from fans as a tribute to Walker, who died suddenly in a car accident in late November 2013.

“They should have gave it to him before he passed away,” Ice Cube added.

Ice Cube’s comments alone were enough to raise eyebrows, but he also added that he left the awards show early after learning he hadn’t won the award, which was not included in the broadcast.

“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,” Ice Cube said.

Before the show, Ice Cube admitted that he felt entitled to win the golden popcorn for Best Onscreen duo, tweeting, “If me and Kevin Hart don’t win. The fix is in.”

Ice Cube Claims Paul Walker Comments Were A Joke

On Tuesday, after Ice Cube’s comments about Paul Walker surfaced, Ice Cube took to Twitter to clarify his intentions. Ice Cube first said that he really isn’t a sore loser and would never look down on the winners, including Paul Walker.

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He also emphasized that he left the awards show because he was only there to promote Ride Along’s DVD release, a pointless endeavor if he was never going to appear in the broadcast.

Ice Cube also addressed the “sympathy” vote comment, writing, “Re: The sympathy vote: We should honor people before they die. That’s all.”

Finally, Ice Cube defended himself, claiming that he considers himself a Paul Walker fan and that the whole thing was a joke.

While Ice Cube may have managed to claim the entire mess was a joke and turn it into a promotional tweet for the Ride Along DVD, he did not offer any explanation as to how his comments were meant to be humorous, and no doubt Paul Walker fans will not forgive so easily.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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