Nick Cannon Uses Whiteface to Promote New Album

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In an effort to promote his upcoming album, “White People Party Music,” Nick Cannon has posted a photo of himself in whiteface to his Instagram with the caption:

It’s official… I’m White!!! #WHITEPEOPLEPARTYMUSIC #Wppm in stores April 1st!!!!!!Dude Go Get It!!!Join The Party!!!! #GoodCredit #DogKissing #BeerPong #FarmersMarkets #FistPumping #CreamCheeseEating #RacialDraft “Bro I got drafted!!”

Cannon also posted several videos to Instagram dressed as his white alter ego, Connor Smallnut. In the videos it appears he is attempting to imitate the way he believes white men act. It’s unclear whether or not his album is actually “party music for white people.”

The former Nickelodeon star is married to pop and R&B star Mariah Carey, who is half white and half black. Back in 2009, Cannon entered a feud with white rapper Eminem (Marshall Mathers) after he slandered reported former flame Carey in a few of his songs for her choice of men. Mathers never points out her race.

“I thought we got passed the days where white men could spew vulgar obscenities at our beautiful queens and get away with it,” he wrote of Eminem. “What’s next? Are we going to let this trash say something horrible about our lovely first lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama?”

The post has since been deleted. It can be read in full here.

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  1. Adrian H. Neal says:

    If you were to do your research you would find that Blackface was not only used to be apart of comedy routine but it was used to degrade Black and to boost sterotype that white people had and arguably still have about Black people. Mr. Cannon should be praised for being so bold as to go out and put himself in this light stimulating conversation on something that alot of white people still seem to have a problem with in this country and worldwide for that matter and that is you do not hold a patent on racial humor and you must remember you started face painting in order to make fun of another race. You did this through people like George Washington Dixon, Thomas Rice, William West, Al Jolson, Eddie Canter, Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Shirley Temple, Judy Garland and more recently in a Movie Called Tropic Thunder with Robert Downey, Jr. So remember Mr. Cannon is not try to degrade or Oppress you but he is merely trying to make good clean fun of you. Thank you! A NEAL

  2. Lets keep it real says:

    The reason blackface is tabu/ socially inappropriate is because of they way white people portrayed blacks as stereotypical caricatures during the 1800s. Black people were also made to wear this makeup to darken their skin as well if they wanted to become a performer. They would not be accepted on stage (by white audiences) with their natural skin exposed. They were to act out stereotypes and perform as a caricature of their own ethnicity, which reinforced stereotypes and perpetuated racist attitudes and perceptions. They were treated as circus monkeys and not as people. Many of the performers were truly talented and found it hard to participate, but had limited options if they wanted to become an entertainer/ make a living in the industry. Today African-Americans have made great strides, especially after the civil rights movement. Because the use of blackface is so historically ugly and derogatory, our modern society has come to the understanding that it is inappropriate. Especially when it is done maliciously or intended as a racial slur. The question we must ask ourselves today is, “Is nick cannon’s whiteface going to cause the same destruction and proliferating of the white race during this day in age?” Will this change peoples attitudes and perception of white people? With approximately 77 percent of Americans being white and only 13 percent being black, do we really need to feel that nick cannon is doing something to damage the white race’s reputation? Do we need to view it as racist, or can it just be taken as freedom of expression? Or a joke/ comedy, perhaps we can be a good sport and let him have his fun, without bringing up history white people should be ashamed of?
    The real question I would like to ask here is “why are people so offended by nick cannon in whiteface?” Is it because they fear this will cause stereotyping? Invalidate the white culture and society? Distort white traditions into inaccurate and offensive caricatures? Will it cause damaging effects on a marginalized group of people? Or is it because “the black people get offended by blackface, so we should have the same privilege as well?” Perhaps the “No fair they get to be offended and we don’t ” attitude? Or is it because “it hurts my feelings when people make fun of me”.
    This is what I am genuinely curious about…

    • Conge says:

      Unfortunately Nick’ response to the criticism clearly show he is not being ‘funny’ by slyly insinuating whites are racist. He even puts in jabs about ‘white privilege’. He obviously had a major problem with white people.

  3. Conge says:

    It’s not offensive, it’s just corny. Is he the black Al Yankovic now or something?

    The worst thing about it is his responses to it, saying things like ‘privilege’, etc. when he is richer than 99.99% of people. He’s been rich since he was a child. He never grow up in the real world. Leaves a bad taste in my mouth, he sounds like a total ingrate.

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  5. Kickpuncher says:

    It’s quite obvious there isn’t much “understanding of history” going on in the comments section here.

    Blackface isn’t offensive because it’s a white person dressing up as a black person, it’s offensive because of its link to minstrel shows and the portrayal of black people in such shows.

    There is no historical equivalent of black people degrading whites in such a way.

  6. brett correa says:

    I just wanted to clarify something I saw in my previous post that sounds bad. The part where I said laugh off an attack of another race came out way wrong. What I meant is when you have racists say stupid racist stuff, we should laugh it off because nobody listens or cares about what they are preaching. I am sorry about that I am typing on my phone and dont really have the ability to proof read and edit like on a computer.

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  8. brett correa says:

    I don’t see a problem he is a funny guy being funny. Why do we have to get our feelings hurt white people. I joke about black people with my black friends and they joke about white people. It is funny, why does everything have to be taken so seriously now.

    The way people react to this stuff is what keeps the racial tension going. Until we realise a joke is a joke nobody will be able to laugh off a real attack on another race.

    I could care less about the KKK marching downtown don’t need to hear about it on the news or see it. It doesn’t even bother me, and it shouldnt bother blacks in america. I will tell you why it shouldnt bother you too, nobody agree’s with them. They could march all year every day and they would gain a couple thousand members. Who cares what a bunch of idiots have to say when everyone knows they are idiots.

    Everyone just needs to relax take this for what it is and laugh at his over the top exageration of how white people act. Stop letting the news try and bait you into a moral discussion on comedy, if you haven’t noticed comedy without being immoral isn’t comedy. Its a one sided conversation with a crowd of people who aren’t laughing.

  9. TheBlaqueProfessor says:

    Now see, this is just WRONG on too many levels; it’s also hypocritical because the moment anyone who is not black dresses up in black face, the black community goes ballistic! How did Cannon think in his head that this could ever be okay, and what about his half-white wife? Was Maria insulted by this, or is she as thick as I already think her to be and was “down with the program” from the beginning? Don’t dish it out if you can’t take it Mr. Cannon; we as Black people can look forward to more whites in black face in the future and our argument that it is wrong is now significantly weakened because of what you’ve done. Thanks Bro!

  10. Dumbo says:

    Gee, thought I liked Cannon, but now his true colors stand out. He IS a racist.

    • TheBlaqueProfessor says:

      I don’t think Cannon is racist, albeit I understand how you would feel this way. He is absolutely ignorant and hypocritical for sure though, especially given the fact that he’s married to a woman with a white mother.

  11. R B Moore says:

    Bad form … Ignorant and not well thought out … Fail

  12. Joshua says:

    Wow. I’m sorry but that is so offensive. If a white person were to put black on their face they’d be called a racist.

  13. JDinMarietta says:

    Lets dont forget about Dave Chappelle. He did one of the best Whitefaces known to man. Kind of looks like Nick Cannons whiteface too. Lighten up people, its a joke and I’m white.

    • jlucas0616 says:

      dave chappelle is actually funny and he makes fun of EVERY race!!!

    • Phil says:

      Try it the other way around and you will get your teeth knocked out.

      • TheBlaqueProfessor says:

        You see Phil, what you said is why this is a problem, right? Black people have an insane hissy fit when whites put on black face, and I believe rightfully so, given the long history of Thomas “Daddy” Rice’s racist invention of the minstrel show in the 1840s. However, it’s time black folks follow the rule of what is good for the goose is good for the gander, and not do to whites what they don’t want whites to do to them, i.e., with people like Cannon wearing white face, blacks loose the rationale to “knock out” a white person’s “teeth” is he or she decided to wear black face.

  14. cristo says:

    Who is he?

  15. Dale says:

    What a racist thing for Nick Cannon to do. Perhaps he should go back to Nickelodeon where his racist antics will go unnoticed by the children… Or perhaps his Nickelodeon days are over and the only way to get people to notice his terrible album is to be racist…

  16. Keith says:

    Didn’t the Wayan brothers make a movie trying to pass themselves off as white sorority sisters?

  17. aksdjfalksdjfjalksdjfklk says:

    Damm..If that isn’t racist then I don’t know what is.

  18. Peven Starks says:

    At least you know that “Whiteface” won’t leave his children for the welfare state to raise.

  19. CharleH says:

    I’m white – so it’s okay if I use blackface now?

  20. JFF says:

    If a black guy does it, it’s comedy and marketing. If a white guy does it, it’s racism. What a country.

  21. Topher says:

    If Obama had a son…..

  22. Christine Warmouth says:

    Was he less likely to commit a violent crime when he wore ‘whiteface’?

  23. jodisox says:

    Eddie Murphy did it first.

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