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by Barry Burch Jr.
Nick Cannon has been incredibly vocal about race in America — at least a great deal more than his peers. He once suggested on Twitter that Hollywood should invest more of its resources towards uplifting Black kings and queens rather than memories of slavery. The actor’s most recent involvement with the touchy subject is a little less serious in comparison to the Whiteface he donned last month. Not only is Nick Cannon releasing videos of himself impersonating a White man, but he is also releasing an entire album to go along with the ridiculous theme.
Cannon explained the motive behind his controversial actions in a live interview on Good Morning America on Monday. “I knew it would spark some controversy,” he said. “But I felt like it’s a conversation that we needed because we all have differences we embrace. I talk about it in my stand-up all the time. It is not a new conversation, but a topic of sensationalism.”
The new album by Cannon titled “White People Party Music,” is scheduled to drop on Tuesday. Last week, Cannon gained a great deal of attention for videos he posted of himself in White makeup, acting as his alter ego, Connor Smallnut.
Cannon appeared for his interview on ABC in an all-white suit. He also had blond-dyed spots in his hair, as reported by USA TODAY.
“Everybody’s really sensitive when it comes to race and that’s the reason I did it,” he offered.
Cannon also said that he does not understand the term, “Whiteface” being used to describe the character he invented. “I don’t know what that is. … This term that we created. I was doing a character impression. Blackface is about oppression.”
Cannon, who hosts America’s Got Talent, and is also the husband of Mariah Carey added, “Yes, we have issues about race in this country and this world but it doesn’t have to be with hatred.”
The interviewer, George Stephanopoulos, followed Cannon’s comment with a question posted by someone on Facebook: “Would it be the same if Eminem’s album was (titled) Black People Rapper Music???”
Cannon responded without missing a beat: “I bet you if Eminem named his album Black People Rapper Music it’d still go platinum.”
“White People Party Music” will be Cannon’s first album in more than a decade. He says he understands that not everyone will agree with him. “I’m an artist. I get the opportunity to create. Everything’s going to come with consequences and a little heat, but if I can take the heat, let’s ride.”
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