Nick Cannon Wears Whiteface — Funny Or Inappropriate?

Tue, March 25, 2014 11:22am EDT by 60 Comments
Nick Cannon Whiteface
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Nick Cannon has been in the spotlight since his days as a teen star, but he’s making big headlines today — and it’s not the best press. The ‘America’s Got Talent’ host stirred up some major controversy by wearing whiteface.

Nick Cannon is releasing a new album, as his alter ego, and just wait ’til you find out who that is — let’s just say he’s giving Sasha Fierce a run for her money. Keep reading to find out what Nick is calling himself, and see why it’s causing so much trouble.

Nick Cannon  — Just Call Me Connor Smallnut

Yup, Nick‘s alter ego responds to the name “Connor Smallnut” and (wait for it) he’s white. Nick has been sharing photos of himself in whiteface makeup and sporting blonde hair, as alter ego Connor, on his Instagram account to promote the release of his upcoming album “White People Party Music,” which is due out on April 1st.

“It’s official … I’m White!!!” wrote the America’s Got Talent host with a photo of himself in white makeup!

While the album seems to be all in good fun (there’s even a track on the album called “Pajama Pants” about twerking), a lot of people have taken offense to Nick’s alter ego. He’s received thousands of comments from people on both sides of the controversy, and the ones who are angry and upset are calling him racist and ignorant.

Connor Smallnut Is Taking It All in Stride

Despite the backlash, Nick has taken his stunt all in stride, poking fun at the controversy by tweeting: ‘Damn I didn’t know it was going to be this hard being White! … I’m exhausted with all this “privilege” LOL #WhitePeopleProblems.”

And there are some people who didn’t take it to heart at all. One Twitter user supported Nick, tweeting, “I’m mostly offended that @NickCannon as a white man is still better looking than I am. #madatnothing.” Nick retweeted his tweet and wrote back: “No way! U R Hot! Lol.”

Of course, this isn’t the first time that a celeb has done something like this. Julianne Hough got a lot of flack for wearing blackface to a Halloween party last October and there was a similar uproar.

But what do you think, HollywoodLifers? Is Nick’s alter ego racist or is this all in good fun? Let us know in the comments!

– Lee Hernandez

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