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
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