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Nick Cannon Receives Backlash over ‘White Face’ Photo

Nick Cannon White People Party Music Several celebrities and public figures have recently been receiving tons of backlash after they donned blackface, but now Nick Cannon is receiving the same treatment for posting a picture of himself in whiteface.

ELLE France’s editor Jeanne Deroo, actress Julianne Hough, and even a New York Assemblyman all issued public apologies after they put on blackface makeup for the sake of costumes.

The immediate backlash and harsh words from the Twitterverse and public sphere was clear: race is not a costume.

Apparently, Nick Cannon didn’t think that concept applied to Blacks painting themselves white.

The African-American TV personality posted a picture to Instagram that showed him covered in makeup that made him appear to be white.

If that wasn’t enough to rub people the wrong way, his caption certainly pushed some people over the edge.

“#WHITEPEOPLEPARTYMUSIC… #GoodCredit #DogKissing #BeerPong #FarmersMarkets #FistPumping #CreameCheeseEating #RacialDraft ‘Bro I got drafted,” the stereotype-laden caption read.

The Twitterverse immediately geared up to attack the “America’s Got Talent” host for what some saw as an unbelievably “offensive” and “ignorant” image.

“This is so f***ing offensive,” one user wrote. “What if Britney Spears made herself black and put a pic up that says ‘it’s official.. IM BLACK.”

Other users called it a clear “double standard” when so many other White stars were heavily criticized for their offensive blackface ensembles.

Unfortunately, it seems as if Cannon wasn’t getting the point his followers were trying to make.

“Damn I didn’t know it was going to be this hard being White!..I’m exhausted with all this ‘privilege’ LOL #WhitePeopleProblems,” he tweeted.

He gave himself a pat on the back in another tweet after he believed he was the source of the term “white face.”

“Hold up… What the f#ck is ‘White Face’??? Did I just create a new term??? Nice!!! LOL,” he tweeted.

One user tried to explain just how racist the use of the hashtags were, not only against white but against Blacks as well.

“#GoodCredit? You’re suggesting Blacks have awful credit and white ppl don’t… u are part of the problem of racism,” one of Cannon’s followers wrote.

Nick Cannon sparks Twitter debate over white face makeupBacklash over the image comes shortly after Cannon faced criticism over his album title “White People Party Music.”

During an interview with Us Weekly, Mariah Carey’s husband suggested that white people know how to have a good time so that’s why he gave the album the controversial title.

“You go to a party and white people are having more fun than anybody,” Cannon said. “They know how to have a good time! I could have named the album ‘Purple People Party Music’ and you’d still get the same album, but it was just one of those things. You know, you deal with things like race, and people get uptight, so why not?”

Cannon’s music career has never been a very fruitful one and with so much controversy surrounding an album that Twitter users have already deemed “corny” and “desperate,” it isn’t likely that this album will help turn Cannon’s musical career around.

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25 thoughts on “Nick Cannon Receives Backlash over ‘White Face’ Photo

  1. Devan Clark says:

    We just keeping making shit harder on ourselves… Black folks have developed this whatever white folk did to us, we gonna do it back to them mentality.. Well how is that working for us?

  2. Devan Clark says:


  3. Sundiata Keita says:

    whats funny is white people dont get irony but they think theyre the most funny and ironic people in the world. they cant take jokes and they cannot take the finger being pointed at themselves. fuckin idiots

  4. I just don't see how this helps either race.Sad day in 2014

  5. He done f*cked up his money now. America's Got Talent may drop him. At least he has that Mariah Carey funding. And his music has always been pathetic.

  6. Adrian Ward says:

    Please Will one white person please let me know how a black person dressing up white is racist. You see many white people cannot grasp the fact that black people cannot be racist. You tell me how this situation affects white people, are you oppressed or do you have a history of rape murdered lose of identity, stolen legacy, stolen resources, Free Labour of centuries

  7. Ian McDowall says:

    Who is that gingerly white guy in the pic-he looks racist! Hahaha

  8. Ian McDowall says:

    "Nick cannons becomes white-instantly called racist and oppressor"

  9. Evelyn Katena Lemar says:

    It's ridiculous and incredibly ignorant, but question. Didn't Dave Chapelle do this on Chapelle's Show and white people laughed? And Jamie Foxx (didn't he do a white newscaster character)? And if so, what's the difference? My point is, the line is too thin on both sides to be making light of a very serious problem. (No pun intended.) It seems to me that when black celebrities make it to a certain level, they are given a 'pass' of sorts to cross certain lines. (Think Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, when the pizza guy declared that black people like Michael Jordan are not niggers because of their money and celebrity status.) And on the same token, in being given that pass to cross those boundaries, they also allow white people to cross certain lines with them; and us. Certain non-black people are given a 'ghetto pass' of sorts, and they get embraced into black culture. (Remember when J-Lo sang the word "nigga" in that song with Ja-Rule and nobody said anyhing because whe was going with Diddy?) And everybody is happy in the melting pot until somebody gets too comfortable and crosses the line. Just because you are married to a white person or have made a certain numbers of millions does not give you a pass to be to make crass, racist white jokes, no more than being able to keep up with Jay-Z in sixteen bars or be married to Paula Patton give you a right to even sing the 'N' word in a song. So, while I respect and agree with the fact that Nick Cannon was dead wrong (and not to mention the shit wasn't even funny), some of these people that are up in arms over the situation need to take a step back and think about the last time they laughed at a Chapelle Show rerun or sang the 'N' word in a song out loud and then quickly looked around to make sure there weren't any black folks around. The bottom line is, no matter how "in" we are with a certain group of people, deep down we all have a little voice on the inside that tells us when we're crossing the line. And if it speaks to you and you choose not to listen, you have to deal with the consequences; positive or negative. And if people will just learn how to respect the feelings of others (whether we think they're being oversensitive or not), we wouldn't have as many #whitepeopleproblems or #blackpeopleproblems.

  10. Was anything ever brought up when Dave Chappelle did his white guy impersonation? You know why? Because #butthurtedness has become an epidemic in the past few years. Intent means everything. It was intended to be a joke. Not a great joke by any means by Nick, but Chappelle was absolutely hilarious when he did his.

  11. Michell Maddie says:


  12. "Blackface" never goes out of style.

  13. Andrew Stuart says:

    He looks like a surprisingly convincing white man. I might let him into the club…

  14. Sundiata Keita says:

    Dan Rosenblum you powerless white people keep following us around the internet, telling us what to do because of your white/jewish paternalism and i'll stop whatever im doing.

  15. Brad Everett says:

    haha!!! I agree that his music is horrible. Nick Cannon should be banned from making music.. Spare us all!

  16. I think it's funny. I take no offense.

  17. Sarah Arkin says:

    Are you kidding? Definition of racism: poor treatment of or violence against people because of their race. Nothing specific to the color of a person's skin tone! Do you honestly think that blacks are the only people on the planet that have been slaves? You need to do research on your history. I will NEVER claim to understand what it's like to be a black person in America. I have seen racism on both sides and dislike it all around. God created all of us: black, white, asian, jew, etc… Do you think a white women has never been raped or stripped of her identity? Injustice isn't limited to one race. As long as this society continues to allow racial lines, we will never improve race relations. People, that means you too, need to stop seeing color. It is one thing to embrace the past and learn from it and a completely different thing to allow that past to paralyze your future. Love all people. "There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." Galatians 3:28

  18. Adrian Ward says:

    I don't know where you get your definition of racism, but key words never to forget, oppression of one race to another, assumed superiority of one race over another, now can you highlight any period in history where any race, other than Europeans who have left such a devastating legacy and continue to profit off the back of Africans perils. Let's keep this Shit real, black people have never exercised racism towards any race.

  19. Sarah Arkin says:

    "black people have never exercised racism towards any race"? Not correct! Where do you think the terms like cracker,& honky come from? Maybe you aren't aware that free blacks owned slaves bought through the trade. Some were family members whom they were saving, but some were not. Are you aware that it was primarily the black Africans who rounded up the their own people (from opposing tribes) in order to sell to the slave trading people? There is a responsibility in your own culture for what part they took in slavery that is constantly over looked, ignored and not learned from! Here is the link to my definition of racism: There is more than one definition or understanding or a singular word. You choose to use what defends your position. The majority of people are good in this world and don't see race and are not racist. There are a few ignorant people that still act like a person's character is defined by their skin tone which is totally ridiculous. Why do I have to ignore the slavery of Europeans? That's my heritage. I'm Irish so you are saying that I have to ignore the bondage of my people?? If you are going to use that argument, than you need not associate yourself w/ the continent of Africa. I care deeply for all people, not just the people in the U.S.

  20. Adrian Ward says:

    Before the transatlantic slave trade African traded slaves among themselves. However this act of trading slaves was unlike the brutal chattle slavery carried out by Europeans towards Africans. African viewed slaves similarly to how we view servants today. The slaves of this period worked for pay, had their own living quarters, and raised their families, with freedom to move, only bounded by working for one particular owner. the fact is slave owners in Africa had no idea of the brutally the European slave masters had in store for their brother and sisters. They had no reason to believed that white Europeans viewed them as sub human, since trading slaves was not an issue but normal activity on the continent. The following web sites should give you an insight into the development of slavery, and the well designed agenda of Europeans towards people of colour. I would appreciated if you can reply with something more solid in your defence, instead of weak arguments' with little substance. Also I must correct you, as most African slaves were actually taken by force, and many records of African resistance and rebellion can be found on line.…/scramble_for_africa-artical

  21. Sarah Arkin says:

    I will look at those links and respond at some point. However, if you continue to create a new post and not "reply" to my post, I will not know that you have responded.

  22. Eric Mckinney says:

    Sarah Arkin look up the term white supremacy or white privilege. There you will find your answer.

  23. Eric Mckinney says:

    Sarah Arkin look up the term white supremacy or white privilege. There you will find your answer.

  24. Eady Trice Morgan says:

    Jean Guy Juilen. I am not sure What goes on in Canada because you guys are not in our news. At least any news outlets that I read. But with regards to the race situation in America the answer to your question is YES! some white folks have gone mad. Guess when the virus started? If you guess the day President Barack Obama was elected as President of these Ununited states, you would be correct! There will be a cure once he leaves office. But black Americans have paid a heavy price for him to hold that seat. Voting rights, pushed back, an increased amount of unarmed black men being murdered, housing, food assistance taken from the needy. Yes, I would say that America is infected with the KKK virus.

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