Tragic Details About Nick Cannon

In 2014, Nick Cannon’s portrayal of a white character named Connor Smallnut got a lot of attention. To promote his album “White People Party Music,” he put white make-up on his face, took some pictures, and posted the content on his Instagram. “It’s official … I’m White!!!” he scribed next to the now-deleted Instagram post. “#GoodCredit #DogKissing #BeerPong #FarmersMarkets #FistPumping #CreamCheeseEating.”  

“Nick white face is just as offensive as black face,” one offended Twitter user commented. Some also said since it’s wrong for white people to appear in blackface, the same should apply to Cannon. But “The Masked Singer” host defended the character during a stop at “Good Morning America,” where he noted that wearing white and blackface just aren’t the same. “They’re using this term ‘whiteface,’ like, I don’t even know what that is,” Cannon said (via ABC News). “I know ‘blackface’ was a term that was created in 1869 to describe offensive minstrel shows. ‘Whiteface,’ if you look it up and Google it, it’s a ski slope in upstate New York. I was doing a character impression. Blackface is about oppression … There’s a big difference between humor and hatred.” Cannon echoed these sentiments when speaking with HelloBeautiful about the controversy. “There’s a big difference between impression and oppression, so if people don’t understand that, I have no words for them,” he said. “The conversation is over.”

Eventually, the backlash fizzled out and it was on to the next pop culture dispute.

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