*Mariah, can you please come get your husband?
Nick Cannon may not have shown up as his whiteface character Connor Smallnut, but the entertainer managed to keep folks talking when he appeared as himself for “Good Morning America” on Monday. The only thing was he channeled Dennis Rodman with coming out with his cheetah print hair to coordinate with his animal skin loafers.
Officially, Cannon spoke on the controversy raised over him dressing in “white face” as promotion for his upcoming album “White People Party Music.” Topics addressed by the rapper/comedian include:
If he knew he would spark controversy
I did, I really did. It was one of those things that obviously with naming my album title and doing the character would spark some controversy, but I feel like it’s a conversation that was needed because we all have differences. We embrace it. I talk about it in my stand-up all the time. It’s not a new conversation. It was the topic of sensationalism last week.
Blackface vs. Whiteface
Without getting too serious because everybody’s really sensitive when it comes to race, and that’s even one of the reasons why I did it, but if you want to have that real conversation…it’s even funny that they using this term ‘whiteface.’ I don’t know what that really is. I know blackface is a term that was creating in 1869 to describe offensive minstrel shows. Whiteface, if you look it up and Google it, it’s a ski slope in Upstate New York. So, this is a term that we’ve created! I was doing a character impression and blackface is about oppression. To me, this was to have fun and to put it out there. Yes, we have issues with race in this country, but it doesn’t have to be with hatred. There’s a big difference between humor and hatred.
If Eminem would title his album “Black People Rapper Music”
I bet you if Eminem named his album “Black People Rapper Music” it’d still go platinum. It’s one of those things where people get so sensitive. It gets this whole double standard. It reminds me of my kids a little bit. When one gets away with something, they point the finger, ‘Why does he get to do that?’ It’s really not that big of a deal. I’m an artist. I get the opportunity to create. As long as I embrace it, everything is gonna come with consequences and a little heat but if I can take the heat, let’s ride.
To see Nick Cannon’s appearance on GMA, check out the video below: