Nick Cannon has been fired. “ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism.” This was the partial statement from ViacomCBS, the owner of “Cannon’s Class”, a podcast that Nick Cannon hosts.
“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. 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,” the company continued on and added after their comments about Nick Cannon’s firing, “We are committed to doing better in our response to incidents of anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry. ViacomCBS will have further announcements on our efforts to combat hate of all kinds.” This has definitely been the topic of conversation lately.
WHAT NICK CANNON SAID THAT GOT HIM FIRED
Nick Cannon being fired comes on the heels of a Cannon’s Class episode featuring former Public Enemy member, Richard “Professor Griff” Griffin. During the course of Nick Cannon’s interview the two hit on a few topics, one that raised the hackles of many, including his boss at ViacomCBS.
During the podcast, Griffin was speaking about why he was dismissed from hip-hop group Public Enemy following comments he made in 1989 to the Washington Times. Those comments were: “The Jews are wicked. And we can prove this.” He also went on to say in that interview that the Jews were responsible for “the majority of wickedness that goes on across the globe.”
As Griffin spoke to Cannon, he reiterated his stance. “I’m hated now because I told the truth,” Griffin said. And then Cannon chimed in. “You’re speaking facts,” Cannon said. “There’s no reason to be scared of anything when you’re speaking the truth.”
When Griffin went on to contend that six dominant media companies were controlled by Jewish people, Cannon inserted his own thoughts, “I find myself wanting to debate this idea and it gets real wishy and washy and unclear for me when we give so much power to the ‘theys,’ and ‘theys’ then turn into illuminati, the Zionists, the Rothschilds.”
But it didn’t stop there for Nick Cannon. He then moved on to skin color. Both he and Griffin agreed that Black people are the true Hebrews and that Jews have taken over their identity.
“And I’m going to say this carefully,” he starts and then says that people who lack the sufficient melanin are “a little less.” He also made note that those people without dark skin have a “deficiency” that forced them to act out of fear. They had to commit acts of violence just to survive. “They had to be savages,” he also added, saying he was referring to “Jewish people, white people, Europeans.”
The entire podcast can be seen below.
As a result of these statements, not only is Nick Cannon losing his Cannon’s Class gig, he is now also losing his Wild ‘N Out sketch comedy show that has been airing for 15 seasons.
SORRY NOT SORRY?
While many have spoken out against Nick Cannon’s anti-Semitic comments, Cannon first offered an apology, then decided to come out firing, leaving nothing in the barrel. Of his apology, he wrote, in part, on his Facebook account, “I do not condone hate speech nor the spread of hateful rhetoric. … The Black and Jewish communities have both faced enormous hatred, oppression persecution and prejudice for thousands of years and in many ways have and will continue to work together to overcome these obstacles.”
Nick Cannon continued on, “In today’s conversation about anti-racism and social justice, I think we all — including myself — must continue educating one another and embrace uncomfortable conversations — it’s the only way we ALL get better.” And then he ended with, “Until then, 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. We All Family!🙏🏾.”
Since Nick Cannon was fired, he has thought more about his circumstances and decided to go all out on his former boss at ViacomCBS in an extremely lengthy Facebook post. In part of his message he writes, “I also went as far to reach out to Ms. Shari Redstone, the owner of Viacom, to have a conversation of reconciliation and actually apologize if I said anything that pained or hurt her or her community. Dead Silence! So that’s when I realized they don’t want a conversation or growth, they wanted to put the young negro in his place. They wanted to show me who is boss, hang me out to dry and make an example of anyone who says something they don’t agree with.”
Nick Cannon’s entire post can be read here. It is a post in which Cannon leaves no stone unturned and now says he wants full ownership of his Wild N Out show. Nick says, “Instead the moment was stolen and highjacked (sic) to make an example of an outspoken black man. I will not be bullied, silenced, or continuously oppressed by any organization, group, or corporation,” Cannon wrote. “I am disappointed that Viacom does not understand or respect the power of the black community.”
After Nick Cannon’s firing ViacomCBS only offered a short response to his claim that he tried to reach out to Redstone, “It is absolutely untrue that Nick Cannon reached out to the Chair of ViacomCBS.”