Nick Cannon speaks out after ViacomCBS fired him on Tuesday (July 14) for making what many claim to be anti-Semitic comments on his platform.
Cannon was joined by former Public Enemy member Professor Griff who left the group after making anti-Semitic remarks himself, for an episode on his podcast, “Cannon’s Class” where the two had an open dialogue about anti-Semitic conspiracies that involve the Rothschild family.
“It’s never hate speech, you can’t be anti-Semitic when we are the Semitic people,” said Cannon. “When we are the same people who they want to be. That’s our birthright. We are the true Hebrews.”
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“When we talk about the power of melanated people when we talk about who we are as Gods and understanding that, melanin is so powerful and it connects us in a way. The reason why they fear Black, the reason why they fear us, is the lack that they have of it.”
He continued to question the integrity of the treatment of Black people in America by their White counterparts.
“So, however they got the power, they have the lack of compassion. Melanin comes with compassion. Melanin comes with soul. We call it soul. We call ourselves soul brothers and sisters, so the people that don’t have it, are – and, I’m a say this carefully, are a little less,”
After he received backlash, the “Wild N’ Out” creator took to Twitter to not only take accountability for what he said but also to open the door for dialogue to help him understand the outrage behind his comments. “I hold myself accountable for this moment and take full responsibility because my intentions are only to show that as a beautiful human species we have way more commonalities than differences, so let’s embrace those as well as each other.”
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. We are living in a time when it is more important than ever to promote unity and understanding.
— Nick Cannon (@NickCannon) July 13, 2020
Today (July 15), in a Facebook post titled “Truth and Reconciliation”, Cannon demands “full ownership of the billion-dollar ‘Wild ‘N Out’ brand” that he created, along with a call to have “the hate and back door bullying cease.” Lastly, he says, “while we are at it, now that the truth is out, I demand the Apology!”
Truth and Reconciliation.
I am deeply saddened in a moment so close to reconciliation that the powers that be, misused…
“They can try to kick me while I’m down or force me to kiss the master’s feet in public for shame and ridicule,” Cannon continues, “but instead I stand firm on my square with my fist in the air repeating my mantra, ‘You can’t fire a Boss!’.’
ViacomCBS stands firm on their decision to end their long-standing relationship with Cannon who has hosted the long-running MTV sketch comedy series “Wild ‘N Out” since its debut in 2005. In a statement from a ViacomCBS spokeswoman, the company addresses why they have come to their decision.
“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,” she said. “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.”
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