Rapper/actor Ice Cube has slammed critics of his controversial new race show BALCK.WHITE, insisting he just wanted to spark a debate.
The EXPRESS YOURSELF hip-hop star denies deliberately setting out to upset viewers and hopes the TV programme, in which a black family swaps lives and colour with a white family, is informative.
He tells AllHipHop.com, "I just wanted to get dialogue and get people talking about race; I wanted the show to reflect that there is still a problem with race relations in America, and that there are many layers dealing with the subject.
"I really don't care what people say about me, because honestly I am used to it. My intent (is clear) when I say, 'The things aren't to offend anyone, it's to hopefully open the viewer's or the listener's eyes to see that there are problems out there and to get people to talk about them.'
"I think everyone has a racist point of view, and that's why these shows and people addressing the issue head on, whether it be through a record or whatever, is needed to get people talking and dealing with their own selves."