Nick Cannon has to be one of the fastest rising television show hosts in history. And with that being said, one would think he’s been around long enough, now that he’s turning 40 this year than to be making any giant, obviously avoidable mistakes on air. One of the quickest death knells one can make is espousing views of anti-semitism. In fact, you can use the N word and worse and continue just fine in your career. (See Mark Wahlberg. He’s a doozy). But that’s exactly what Nick Cannon did. He crossed that third rail of anti-semitism and then dared the world to challenge him on his views, making it even worse.
It started on a recent episode where he marked off all of the no-no’s from saying blacks were the real semites so therefore they couldn’t be anti-semitic, stated whites were “a little less” than blacks, lacked empathy due to a lack of melanin, then gave a non-apology in response. His words on Monday were, “Anyone who knows me knows that I have no hate in my heart nor malice intentions. I do not condone hate speech nor the spread of hateful rhetoric.” He added, “I encourage more healthy dialogue and welcome any experts, clergy, or spokespersons to any of my platforms to hold me accountable and correct me in any statement that I’ve made that has been projected as negative.”
For the record, these are the actions of a man who has enough jobs and brings in enough checks to not care whatsoever about what happens on the job. It’s just unfortunate given that he’s risen at a young age and been mainstream his entire life. Remember he quit America’s Got Talent for saying they weren’t allowing him to authentically be black. That would explain the current host railing so hard against Black Lives Matter. And if anyone is happy about this, it would be that current host, Terry Crews who just said to Don Lemon the other day that he saw hints of black supremacy in the movement. During a time where adequate criminal justice reform is needed the most and that close to happening, that’s the last sentiment I want to see receive any credence.
As punishment, Cannon’s been dropped by Viacom, the parent company of VH1 and MTV that air his show Wild N’Out that’s had 15 seasons. He’s been with Viacom since he was a teenager. The fact he would ruin that is amazing. And the person he interviewed that was a part of the episode that caused all of this was Professor Griff who part of Public Enemy until he was fired for, get this… an anti-semitic remark.
Viacom issued a statement about this matter saying, “ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism.”
“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.”
Nick, we’re disappointed. Hopefully this is a lesson he learns from. Also, I’m seeing others defending his statements. It would behoove these people who are public personalities to tread lightly on this. These are the types of remarks that pop up 10 years later. Just saying.