Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves Nick Cannon and Viacom.
Nick Cannon has been fired by ViacomCBS due to outrage over anti-Semitic comments the actor made in a recent podcast.
Cannon has faced mounting criticism over his 90 minute discussion with Professor Griff, Public Enemy member.
The episode of “Cannon’s Class,” the actor and Griff born Richard Griffin praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan whom The Southern Poverty Law Center calls the controversial minister “an antisemite who routinely accuses Jews of manipulating the U.S. government and controlling the levers of world power.”
The men also discussed conspiracy theories involving the Rothschilds, a prominent banking family, and asserted that black people are Semitic people by, as Cannon put it, “birthright,” and therefore can’t be anti-Semitic.
Viacom’s take on Cannon’s lack of apology in its statement. “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.”
Cannon has taken a defensive stance on his firing. “I am deeply saddened in a moment so close to reconciliation that the powers that be, misused an important moment for us to all grow closer together and learn more about one another,” the actor said in a lengthy post on his verified Facebook account Wednesday morning.
“Instead the moment was stolen and highjacked to make an example of an outspoken black man. I will not be bullied, silenced, or continuously oppressed by any organization, group, or corporation. I am disappointed that Viacom does not understand or respect the power of the black community.”
Nick Cannon began his career as a child actor, noted his more than 20 year relationship with the company, which he wrote “is now on the wrong side of history.” Cannon also said he was receiving death threats, including racial slurs, amid the controversy. In a tweet earlier this week, Cannon insisted he does “not condone hate speech nor the spread of hateful rhetoric.” But the actor did not directly apologize for the interview, instead telling Fast Company “there’s no malice or negative intent, but in a time like 2020 we got to have these conversations. And if there’s an assumption that is perceived as ignorant, let’s debunk it right away.”
On his Facebook account Wednesday, Cannon said he had “received an outpouring of love and support from the Jewish community.” He added: “I must apologize to my Jewish Brothers and Sisters for putting them in such a painful position, which was never my intention, but I know this whole situation has hurt many people and together we will make it right.
But he had harsher words for Viacom, demanding the company give him “full ownership of my billion dollar ‘Wild ‘N Out’ brand that I created.”
“I created a billion-dollar brand that expanded across a multitiered empire that is still Viacom’s biggest digital brand, touring business, talent discovery and incubation system and successful restaurant franchise,” Cannon wrote. “Based on trust and empty promises, my ownership was swindled away from me. For Viacom to be so deceptive is no surprise; they have been mistreating and robbing our community for years, underpaying talent on their biggest brands like Love & Hip Hop, all of BET programming and of course, Wild ‘N Out.”