Talk about wildin ‘out.
Nick Cannon raises his eyebrows online to see the latest installment of his YouTube talk show, Cannon’s Class, in which he openly promotes anti-Semitic and bizarre race theories.
Cannon, 39, spoke to former Public Enemy character Richard “Professor Griff” Griffin, 59, who was released from the group in 1989 for making similar claims in an interview.
Despite referring to marginal conspiracy theories about Jewish people, including “the Rothschilds, centralized banking, the 13 families, the bloodlines that control everything outside of America,” Cannon repeatedly claims that her conversation is not about hate. Griffin agrees, claiming that blacks cannot be anti-Semitic because the Semitic people and language are said to have nothing to do with Caucasians.
Cannon adds that blacks are “true Hebrews”
“The people who don’t have [melanin] are a little less, ”Cannon also notes, claiming,“ when they were sent to the mountains of the Caucasus… the sun started to worsen them, so they act out of fear, they act out of low self-esteem, they act out of a lack.
“Therefore, they can only act badly. You have to rob, steal, rape, kill to survive. So, those people who didn’t have what we have – and when I say we’re talking about the melaned people – they had to be savages … They act as animals, so they’re the ones who are actually closer to animals. They are the ones who are actually the real savages. “
After the initial outcry, Cannon posted a statement on Facebook, partially reading: “Everyone who knows me knows that I have no hatred in my heart or malicious intentions. I do not tolerate hate speech or the spread of hateful rhetoric. “
“There is no malice or negative intent, but in a time like 2020, we need to have these conversations,” he added in a statement to Fast Company. “And if there is an assumption that is felt to be ignorant, let’s unmask it immediately.”
However, he refused to apologize and said: “For me, excuses are empty … What we need is healing. What we need is discussion. Correct me. I’m not telling my kids to say, “I’m sorry.” I want them to understand where they need to be corrected. And that’s how we grow. “
Griffin was kicked out of the public enemy after blaming the Jews for “the majority of wickedness going on around the world” in a Washington Times interview citing Henry Ford’s anti-Semitic work “The International Jew.” Farrakhan has now been identified by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center as anti-Semitic and anti-gay.
Cannon’s team referred us to his Facebook post.
A spokesman for ViacomCBS – where Cannon was appointed chair of Teen Nick – released the following statement.
“ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of all kinds and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism. We spoke to Nick Cannon about an episode of his podcast ‘Cannon’s Class’ on YouTube that promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
“While we support continuing education and dialogue in the fight against bigotry, we are deeply concerned that Nick has not recognized or apologized for maintaining anti-Semitism, and we are ending our relationship with him.”