Humor vs Hatred: Nick Cannon Addresses Whiteface Controversy, Debuts Cheetah Hair

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Last week we reported on the pictures of Nick Cannon in whiteface and how some were finding it offensive. Cannon swung by “Good Morning America” this morning to discuss the heat he’s come under recently. See what he had to say.

It was one of those things. Naming my album title and doing the character, I knew it would spark controversy. But I felt like it was a conversation that is needed.

We all have differences. We embrace it.  I talk about it in my standup all the time. It’s not a new conversation but it was the the topic of sensationalism last week. 

Without getting too serious, everybody’s really sensitive when it comes to race. That’s even one of the reasons why I did it. If you want to have that real conversation, it’s even funny they’re using this term white face, like I don’t know what that is.?

I know black face was a term created in 1869 to describe offensive minstrel shows. White face, if you look it up and google it, it’s a ski slope in upstate new York. This term that we have created, I was doing a character impression. Black face is about oppression. If you want to have that conversation, we can have that conversation. 

It’s to have fun and put it out there, yes, we have issues with race in this country. In this world. It doesn’t have to be with hatred. It’s a big difference between humor and hatred. 


People get so sensitive. It gets like this whole double standard. It reminds me of the kids a little bit.

When one gets away with something, they point the finger, why does he get to do that? It’s not that big of deal. I’m an artist. As long as I can embrace it, I get the opportunity to create. Everything comes with consequences and a little heat. If I can take the heat, let’s ride.

I wanted to do it from a place of, Yo, this is fun. From the title to the characters. If you listen to the album, it’s so funny. And it’s a bunch of stuff that is probably going to cause controversy but it all comes from a good place.


I have to admit Nick Cannon is saying all the right things, if you ask me. Whiteface really isn’t a “thing.” It’s just a term we’ve recently created. Blackface is the term and expression with the racially offensive and oppressive history. So there is a huge difference between Nick making himself look white and a white person putting on “blackface” which has a history of hatred stemming from 1869. Those of us who aren’t white know that, in the past and still today, the very image of minority groups has been used as a justification to mistreat I thought these things were generally understood but like Nick said, there’s always a white person in the wings on some “what if I did…” Kind of like the argument for white people to use the n-word. Sometimes there are just double standards. #KanyeShrug.

What do you think about Nick’s justification of his “whiteface”? Does it make sense to you or do some of you still find it offensive?

Oh! And there’s this new cheetah hair.


I’m just leaving it here partially because it’s out there and something to look at but mostly because the abs were more enticing than the hair itself. That body is right, right?! Yaaassss!

You can watch Nick’s interview on Good Morning America in the video below.

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