Nick Cannon Lashes Out At Viacom After Firing: My Ownership Was Swindled From Me, They Do NOT Respect The Black Community!
Update #2 (July 15th): Nick Cannon had a lengthy message for ViacomCBS after the media company announced that it was parting ways with him. He took to Facebook Wednesday morning (July 15th) and wrote,
“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. 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.”
He then blasted the company for “swindling” his successful “Wild ‘n Out” comedy sketch show from him.
“My time at Viacom also birthed one of my other greatest creative accomplishments; their longest running comedy series and the most successful Hip Hop programming in Television History “Wild ‘N Out”. An idea in which I self-financed out my own pocket and presented to MTV. 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. 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.”
He called out the company for allegedly banning all ads related to Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. He also said he reached out to the owner of Viacom, Sheri Redstone, to no avail.
“I don’t have to defend myself here, the proof is in the history. I believed that the corporation was becoming more progressive and willing to create helpful spaces and dialogue in these difficult and uncertain times of 2020. Instead they chose to recently ban all advertisement that supported George Floyd and Breonna Taylor who we are all still seeking justice for. 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.”
“My hope and original goal was to use this moment to show healing and acceptance and prayed that Viacom would use their powers for good. Instead I am now receiving death threats, hate messages calling me an ungrateful Nigger and beyond. Viacom’s goal to keep me from providing for my family and lineage will be foiled. They can try to kick me while I’m down or force me to kiss the master’s feet in public for shame and ridicule, but instead, I stand firm on my square with my fist in the air repeating my mantra, “You can’t fire a Boss!”.”
He ended stating that the ball is in his court and he’s making the demands now.
“As for Viacom, who is now on the wrong side of history, I will continue to pray for you. I don’t blame any individual, I blame the oppressive and racist infrastructure. Systemic racism is what this world was built on and was the subject in which I was attempting to highlight in the recent clips that have been circulating from my podcast. If I have furthered the hate speech, I wholeheartedly apologize.
But now I am the one making demands. I demand full ownership of my billion dollar “Wild ‘N Out” brand that I created, and they will continue to misuse and destroy without my leadership! I demand that the hate and back door bullying cease and while we are at it, now that the truth is out, I demand the Apology!”
Original Story: ViacomCBS is ending its years-long relationship TV Host and comedian Nick Cannon after his recent comments about white people went viral on social media. The company said in a 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. 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.”
Nick Cannon’s relationship with Viacom began in his teenage years when he was a cast member on Nickelodeon’s “All That.” His successful “Wild ‘n Out” series has been on Viacom networks VH1 and MTV for roughly 15 years.
The 39-year-old “The Masked Singer” host received backlash after a recent episode of his podcast ‘Cannon’s Class’ premiered where he discussed the power of melanin. Nick Cannon states,
“When we talk about the power of melanin, when we talk about who we really are as gods and understanding that our melanin is soul power and connects us in a way. The reason why they fear blacks is because the lack that they have of it, so when you see what Dr Frances Cress Welsing talks about is that fear in genetic annihilation. When you have a person that has the lack of melanin they know that they will be annihilated so therefore however they got the power, they have the lack of compassion, melanin comes with compassion, melanin comes with soul.”
“We call it soul, we soul brothers and sisters that’s the melanin that connects us, so the people that don’t have it are… and imma say this carefully, are a little less. Where the term actually comes from, I’m bringing it back to Minister Farrakhan to where they may not have the compassion or when they were sent to the mountains of the caucuses when they didn’t have the power of the sun that the sun started to deteriorate them so that they’re acting out of fear, they’re acting out of low self esteem, they’re acting out of deficiency. So therefore the only way they can act is evil.”
“The only way is that they have to rob, steal, rape, kill to survive. These people that didn’t have what we have and when I say we I speak of the melanated. They had to be savages, they had to be barbaric, they had to because they’re in these nordic mountains, they’re in these rough torrential environment so they’re acting like animals. So they’re the ones that are actually closer to animals, they’re the ones that are actually the true savages and then they built up such this conquering barbaric mentality.”
Nick Cannon’s Comments About Race & White People Garners Mixed Reactions. pic.twitter.com/KPvFlNKld6
— theJasmineBRAND (@thejasminebrand) July 14, 2020
His comments received mixed reactions from fans.
I’m crying at White people thinking we about to cancel Nick Cannon because he said they ass evil lmfaoo ?? pic.twitter.com/8vLluE8Weu
— King Juwan (@KingTrillaX) July 14, 2020
White people think the black community is going to cancel Nick Cannon because he said they’re evil is the funniest thing of the day. ? https://t.co/p8k1fZntNZ
— The guy who makes those movies?™? (@_DashawnJ_) July 14, 2020
Not y’all getting on Beyoncé’s internet to call Nick Cannon a racist ? pic.twitter.com/WafCcaDVCQ
— BreAnna Bell (@bre_blogs) July 14, 2020
— SomeBlackGuy (@someblackg) July 14, 2020
What's even more striking here is that Cannon is promoting Louis Farrakhan.
In the past few weeks, Shannon Sharpe, Ice Cube, P. Diddy, DeSean Jackson, Stephen Jackson, and now Nick Cannon have all promoted Farrakhan and will probably face no career consequences. https://t.co/cHCQTN9Th9
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) July 14, 2020
Nick Cannon pissing people off and I’m just here for the mess. pic.twitter.com/24CbKFlCwP
— James Dean (@CreoleJDeux) July 14, 2020
Yikes… Nick Cannon has gone full black supremacist.
This is 100% certified racist. ????? https://t.co/rGgVATPvNk
— ZUBY: (@ZubyMusic) July 14, 2020
The word “racist” is grossly overused. That said, Nick Cannon is a racist. https://t.co/BsrEwa3UBY
— Seth Dillon (@SethDillon) July 14, 2020
White people are mad at Nick Cannon like they haven't said the same thing about black and brown people, they haven't whitewashed Jesus, they haven't colonized the world, they haven't shoved Eurocentric beauty standards down our throats.
You wanna cancel something, START HERE! https://t.co/wDNxAIkSfw
— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) July 14, 2020
I don’t believe he should be cancelled simply for his views, but Nick Cannon should definitely be confronted. His rhetoric here is more than just prejudiced. It’s sickeningly racist, and if carried to its furthest implications, genocidal.
— Phillip Gay (@phillipngay) July 14, 2020
Nick Cannon has since responded to the backlash and said that a few rabbis have reached out to him and they will be having a conversation on his podcast.
“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. My podcast is specifically an academic podcast to have tough and difficult conversations based off of text. And if we read something and something’s not accurate, let’s do away with it.I can’t wait to sit down with some people that can help educate me and help further this conversation. I want to be corrected.”
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