Is It OK For Nick Cannon To Wear Whiteface?

nick cannon whitefaceBy Dr. Sinclair Grey III

Whenever African-Americans see whites in blackface, there’s an outrage. Immediately, you’ll hear the words, ‘racist, racism, and prejudice, just to name a few. Without a doubt, the concept of seeing whites in blackface stirs up mixed emotions. These emotions can range from disbelief in silence to a violent outrage.

Race and racism are so prevalent in the entertainment industry that it can be difficult to discern what’s seen as racism or what’s viewed as a satire.

Well, America’s Got Talent Host Nick Cannon is stirring up plenty of controversy when he posted on his Instagram a photo of himself in whiteface. That’s right; Cannon is dressed in whiteface makeup with blond hair, and a new wardrobe.

“Cannon captioned the first photo with a series of hashtags, joking about stereotypically white interests. It’s official… I’m White!!! #WHITEPEOPLEPARTYMUSIC #Wppm in stores April 1st!!!!!!Dude Go Get It!!!Join The Party!!!! #GoodCredit #DogKissing #BeerPong #FarmersMarkets #FistPumping #CreamCheeseEating #RacialDraft “Bro I got drafted!!” he wrote.

Connor Smallnut is the Caucasian persona that Cannon followed-up the photo with a video. All of this is possibly being done in preparation for his new album due to come out on April 1st titled White People Party Music.

As you can probably imagine, Cannon is being faced with much criticism. Some are calling his actions racist and ignorant while others see it as a joke.

The question that needs to be raised is did Cannon go too far with his photo and follow-up video? In addition to this, are Cannon’s actions leading to another discussion about race and racism? If whites are in blackface, it’s intolerable and offensive, but if Cannon wears whiteface it’s comical to some. Perhaps it’s time to do more than have a dialogue – is it a time to stop doing anything and everything that appears offensive to other races, ethnicities, and nationalities?

Source: Huffington Post

Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, activist, published author of (5) books, life coach, and liberator of persons from all intellectual, social and cultural walks of life. He is a committed advocate for change. Email: drgrey@sinclairgrey.org. Follow on Twitter @drsinclairgrey. Visit his website: www.sinclairgrey.org

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15 Responses to Is It OK For Nick Cannon To Wear Whiteface?

  1. see March 26, 2014 at 4:47 pm

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  2. Bucktooth March 26, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    He is just a dumb Dweeb with no talent as usual!! He would be in everyone’s face if white folks did it..maybe not..he’s married to Mariah Carey..jus sayin’!!

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  3. marcus davis March 26, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    I don’t really give a flying crap about what Nick Cannon does most of the time ,but so what if he appears in white face ? whites have been appearing in black face for decades taking the piss out of black people with their limited stereotyped thinking BS. So i would’nt care too much about what most whites think about this anyways.

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  4. Victoria Thomas March 26, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Yes it is ok !

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  5. Bert C March 26, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    This sounds like a Huffington Post writer trying to be an Apologist. This is Hollywood stuff, the man is trying to sell records. Whites who wear blackface at least lately are trying to denigrate historical events black or black individuals. Remember, Dr. Grey blacks will call out other blacks, don’t forget Lil Wayne, Russell Simmons, and Nicki Minaj.
    I hope yo answer this question, How can blacks in America be Racist? Please answer this in one of your columns.

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  7. SweetTweet March 27, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Nick is playing a character just like Billy Crystal played Sammy Davis.This is not the same as white entertainers dressing in black face to degrade black people with exaggerated features, awful diction and being dimwitted.

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  8. Dr. Bryan K. Cole March 28, 2014 at 2:56 am

    White Chicks, Saturday Night Live, Eddie Murphy, Cheppelle Show,
    Michael Jackson, or anyone with one Black and one White
    Parent that can or could be either or is it time to pick on Nick?

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  9. Tawanza April 5, 2014 at 1:19 am

    People its all in fun what’s the big deal lol

    Reply

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