Nick Cannon Fired
Nick Cannon has been fired by ViacomCBS for making antisemitic comments on his YouTube podcast titled, â€œCannonâ€™s Class.” ViacomCBS is the owner of platforms like MTV and Teen Nick where Cannon has done work in the past.
On Cannon’s podcast, he interviewed Professor Griff where the discussion started centering around the “many issues with Jews.” A lot of what Nick Cannon said could be compared to the Black Hebrew Israelites and their belief of being the only true descendants of Israelites.
In the interview, Cannon had asked about Professor Griff walking away from Public Enemy, a hip-hop group, in 1989 after making his own antisemitic remarks. He once said that â€œthe Jews are wickedâ€ and “are responsible for the majority of wickedness that goes on across the globe.â€
After Professor Griff doubled down on those remarks in the interview, Cannon told him that he was “speaking factsâ€ and that “thereâ€™s no reason to be scared of anything when youâ€™re speaking the truth.â€
Later on in the interview, Nick Cannon says that black people are the “true Hebrews” and that â€œyou canâ€™t be anti-Semitic when we are the Semitic people. Thatâ€™s our birthright. So if thatâ€™s truly our birthright, thereâ€™s no hate involved.â€
He would also continue into other theories and beliefs of those with less or no melanin saying, â€œthe people that donâ€™t have [melanin] are a little less,â€ and that â€œwhen they were sent to the mountains of Caucasus â€¦ The sun then started to deteriorate them so then, theyâ€™re acting out of fear, theyâ€™re acting out of low self-esteem, theyâ€™re acting out of a deficiency.”
Cannon continued by saying, “so, therefore, the only way that they can act is evil. They have to rob, steal, rape, kill in order to survive. So then, these people that didnâ€™t have what we have â€” and when I say we, I speak of the melanated people â€” they had to be savages â€¦ Theyâ€™re acting as animals so theyâ€™re the ones that are actually closer to animals. Theyâ€™re the ones that are actually the true savages.”
Nick Cannon wouldn’t originally apologize. In fact, he said that, “To me apologies are empty â€¦Â What we need is healing. What we need is discussion. Correct me. I donâ€™t tell my children to say, â€˜Iâ€™m sorry.â€™ I want them to understand where they need to be corrected. And then thatâ€™s how we grow.â€
And he also made a statement on Facebook and Twitter stating, “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.â€
ViacomCBS and Fox Responses
After, ViacomCBS made a statement about Cannon’s antisemitism, but nothing about the anti-white remarks.
“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 â€˜Cannonâ€™s Classâ€™ 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.”
After being fired, Cannon has apologized for his antisemitic remarks after having a “minor history lesson,” but not his own anti-white remarks.
â€œI want to assure my Jewish friends, new and old, that this is only the beginning of my education â€” I am committed to deeper connections, more profound learning and strengthening the bond between our two cultures today and every day going forward,â€ he said.
The night of Wednesday July 15th, Fox made a statement that they would continue supporting Nick Cannon for their popular “Masked Singer” television series.
“Nick has sincerely apologized, and quickly taken steps to educate himself and make amends,â€ Foxâ€™s statement said. “On that basis and given a belief that this moment calls for dialogue, we will move forward with Nick and help him advance this important conversation, broadly.”
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