Multifaceted host and producer Nick Cannon has a colorful past of acting and directing, such as America’s Got Talent, Wild N’ Out, and The Masked Singer on FOX. For the past 20 years, he has created many shows with Viacom-CBS’ Nickelodeon. It’s the latter that has Nick Cannon in the spotlight as he has been fired immediately for anti-Semitic hate speech.
Cannon is also a podcaster of “Cannon’s Class.” An episode of his podcast on the Anchor network June 30 was recorded two years ago with Public Enemy’s ‘Professor Griff.’
On the podcast, Cannon suggested white people were “a little less” than darker-skinned people. He also stated, “When we are the same people who they want to be. That’s our birthright. We are the true Hebrews.”
To wit, Viacom had this to say as they were showing Nick Cannon the door:
“We have spoken with Nick Cannon about an episode of his podcast ‘Cannon’s Class’ on YouTube, which promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. While we support ongoing education and dialogue in the fight against bigotry, we are deeply troubled that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we are terminating our relationship with him.”Viacom statement via Variety
Ironically, Nick Cannon’s guest, Professor Griff, left Public Enemy in 1989 for anti-Semitic comments of his own when he called Jews “wicked.” Here’s a clip of that exchange:
He can say it “carefully” all he wants. Everything said in this sociopolitical environment is placed under a microscope. And calling a section of society “animals” and “true savages,” you will get dissected — even by the same people who are empowering.
In case you didn’t watch the clip, that is Nick Cannon discussing and extolling Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan.
“When you have a person who has the lack of pigment, the lack of melanin that they know they will be annihilated, therefore they know that however they got the power, they have a lack of compassion, melanin comes with compassion,” Nick said. “They have to rob, steal, rape, kill and fight in order to survive…So they’re the ones closer to animals, they’re the ones that are actually the true savages.”Nick Cannon via ‘Cannon’s Class’
Some have called that rant “anti-Semitic.” Others have said it was “full Black supremacy.” Viacom called it “grounds for dismissal.” Cannon came out with the following tweets in his defense that he entitled “Truth and Reconciliation”:
Of course, that is called an anti-apology. And to stress the “anti” part a little more, Nick Cannon had a lengthy retort on Facebook. Here’s an excerpt as he puts his former employer on blast:
“I demand full ownership of my billion dollar “Wild ‘N Out” brand that I created, and they will continue to misuse and destroy without my leadership! I demand that the hate and back door bullying cease and while we are at it, now that the truth is out, I demand the Apology!”Nick Cannon via Facebook
I guess we will stay tuned to see if he gets it.