O’Shea Jackson Jr. Defends ‘Nepo Infants’ Amid Criticism

Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., chimes in to comment on the ‘Nepo baby’ conversation.

For the uninitiated, a Nepo baby — also known as a nepotism baby — is a slightly pejorative label used to describe people who have followed in their celebrity parents’ footsteps. The name suggests that the stars’ more famous parents played a major role in catapulting them to success, unlike others who weren’t born into stardom and had to navigate the game on their own.

New York Magazine shadows Nepo babies with a humorously scathing cover

The conversation was sparked by a recent article in a New York magazine, which was headlined, “She’s got her mother’s eyes. And agents.”

This track dives deep into various Nepo babies taking over Hollywood, including stars like Zoë Kravitz, Lily-Rose Depp, Brooklyn Beckham, Maude Apatow and many more. We should also note that some of these stars featured on the cover, with their mugs tailored for newborn babies.

New York Magazine unveils the cover of The Year of the Nepo Baby.

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— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) December 19, 2022

We also have to highlight a passage that sums up the overall mood of this spicy article.

“This is Nepo Baby’s creed: try, and if you don’t succeed at first, remember you’re still a celebrity’s kid, so try again.”

With all the excitement, “Nepo babies” started trending on Twitter. Ultimately, this prompted Ice Cube’s son to share his thoughts.

O’Shea Jackson Jr. Urges Nepo Babies to ‘Embrace’ Their Privileged Reality

On Tuesday, O’Shea started a Twitter thread by discussing how while he played his father in Straight Outta Compton, he still “had to audition for two years before he got the part.”

My dad told me that in a perfect world I would play him at Straight Outta Compton. I was already in screenwriting college at USC. I accepted the challenge. And auditioned for two years before getting the part. After that, it was up to me, he couldn’t hold my hand through my career

— Stone Cold Shea Jackson (@OsheaJacksonJr) December 20, 2022

He continued, saying he has yet to “get [his] get up and work” despite his father’s help.

“I had to get my ass up and make it work. From the roles I chose. The work ethic I put into her. My professionalism in sets and promo tours. I’m even leaving HIS agency and looking for my own team. Once the door was open, it was up to me to walk through and thrive.”

But none of that. NONE. FROM. THE. This is what happens without my father’s love. The work he has put in to bring us to a place of opportunity. And for me it would be foolish and disrespectful to ignore or not accept that and use it as a guide. I am grateful and use his teachings daily.

— Stone Cold Shea Jackson (@OsheaJacksonJr) December 20, 2022

Regarding people being part of “generational talent/wealth,” O’Shea told them to “take that shit on.” He also begged her not to let others dilute her professional accomplishments.

…what they are. bust your ass! do the work! And leave something for your kids so they can do the same!

It’s not a shadow you come out of!

It’s an empire you’re growing into!

But it all starts with love for yourself. Love for those before you. A strong mind & WORK

— Stone Cold Shea Jackson (@OsheaJacksonJr) December 20, 2022

He ended his comment by saying he hopes everyone “is able to give their kids a chance to succeed.”

First the family. May all who read this pave a way for their families to walk in the future. And teach them to love themselves. to love your family. And pave the way for the next.

Thanks, that was my TED talk.

— Stone Cold Shea Jackson (@OsheaJacksonJr) December 20, 2022

Do you agree with O’Shea Jackson Jr.’s statements, or do you think Ice Cube’s son should have withheld that statement? Also, what do you think of the whole Nepo baby talk?

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