Written by: Briana Wright @misswrighttv
Photo from Instagram @nickcannon
After 20 plus years, Viacom [parent company of Vh1, MTV, BET, etc.] has cut ties with Nick Cannon due to controversial comments made in a recent episode of his "Cannons Class" podcast.
In a press statement released Tuesday, Viacom announced that Nick has been terminated because his recent episode "...promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories." The comments they're referring to are from his interview with rapper, author, and former member of Public Enemy, Professor Griffin.
In the episode, uploaded June 30th, Griffin and Nick discussed Griffin's new book, Public Enemy, racial bias, Louis Farrakhan and more. Nick refers to Black people as the "true Hebrews" thus anti-Semitism between Black and Jewish people shouldn't be a thing.
He also says that due to their [people of European ancestry] melanin deficiency, they acted out of fear and felt the need to take what wasn't their's in order to survive. So they, "...had to be savages, they had to be barbaric...because they're in these nordic mountains, they're in these rough torrential environments so they're acting as animals..."
Shortly after being accused of hateful speech, Nick took to twitter to make it clear that he does not condone hate speech and takes full accountability for what he said.
"Anyone who knows me knows that I have no hate in my heart nor malice intentions. I do not condone hate speech nor the spread of hateful rhetoric. We are living in a time when it is more important than ever to promote unity and understanding." Nick Cannon via twitter (@NickCannon) July 13, 2020
He also made a lengthy post to Facebook titled "Truth and Reconcilation" which basically explains his perception of the comments made, discloses his attempt to apologize and foster a discussion on the matter despite Viacom saying "Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism," and demands ownership of his hip-hop based comedic improv show/brand "Wild 'N Out."
He also mentions receiving support and love from the Jewish community and death threats and hate messages from various people. His response:
"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!”."