Here Are the Nepo Babies Who Have Spoken Out About That 'New York Magazine' Cover

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We can all agree that New York Mag’s nepo babies cover was one of the publication's best of 2022, and has prompted a hot debate among readers and celebrities alike.

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Musician Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. tweeted about the topic, saying in part: 'My dad told me in a perfect world, I would play him in Straight Outta Compton. I was already in college for screenwriting at USC. I accepted the challenge. And auditioned for two years before getting the role. After that it was up to me, he couldn’t hold my hand through my career. I had to get my ass up and make it work. From the roles I chose. The work ethic I put into them. My professionalism on sets and promo tours. Even leaving HIS agency and goin’ to find a team of my own. Once the door was opened, it was up to me to walk through it and thrive.'

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Lily Allen (whose mother is a movie producer and whose father is an actor) made her feelings known by tweeting: 'The nepo babies y’all should be worrying about are the ones working for legal firms, the ones working for banks, and the ones working in politics, if we’re talking about real-world consequences and robbing people of opportunity. BUT that’s none of my business.'

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She later clarified her comments in a series of tweets though, writing a follow-up thread saying in partL 'Look, I seem to have riled people up with my comments about nepo babies. I am nearly 40 years of age and am more than happy, in fact I think it’s important to disclose what a privileged upbringing I’ve had and how that has created so many opportunities for me.'

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Oh, and if you’re wondering if anyone hopped into the comments of New York Mag’s post, you can find Eve Hewson (Bono’s daughter) there, who simply wrote: 'Jealous.'

Actors Allison Williams and Kate Hudson have also chosen to chime in with their views. Allison, the daughter of former NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, spoke with Wired and stated: 'It doesn't feel like a loss to admit it...If you trust your own skill, I think it becomes very simple to acknowledge.'

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Hudson, for her part, summed her opinion up pretty succinctly when speaking with The Independent: 'The nepotism thing, I mean… I don’t really care.' The daughter of legendary actor Goldie Hawn added that, ultimately, what ensures that people make it in the industry has more to do with their work ethic when it really comes down to it. 'I don’t care where you come from, or what your relationship to the business is—if you work hard and you kill it, it doesn’t matter.'

The Glass Onion actor also took a Lily Allen-esque approach when she confessed to the publication: 'I actually think there are other industries where it’s [more common]. Maybe modeling? I see it in business way more than I see it in Hollywood. Sometimes I’ve been in business meetings where I’m like, "Wait, whose child is this? Like, this person knows nothing!"'

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