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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leora T.

Posted at 10:08 PM on August 27, 2014  

I don’t know what she date in him. He is a boy comparrd to her. Shr needs a real man. You can find a _____anywhere. I day, see ya.

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hargvo

Posted at 9:16 PM on August 12, 2014  

Asif he wasn’t bad enough already. And the judges are only slightly better than him- definitely not in the position to be judging a variety of talent which has actually gotten better over the years

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randy

Posted at 7:25 PM on June 4, 2014  

It doesnt matter what i think because it will never stop…. there will always be double standards.i will just raise my kids better

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randy

Posted at 7:04 PM on June 4, 2014  

It is very racist if i was to do a black face and make stupid comments i would get ran out of town not to mention i would b labled as racist

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vincent

Posted at 6:24 PM on May 28, 2014  

that was great

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Vega Maximus

Posted at 1:16 AM on March 31, 2014  

Yeah but, Robert Downey Junior is funny.

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Vega Maximus

Posted at 1:21 AM on March 31, 2014  

Nick Cannon did this to get attention to him and his album and comparing himself to RDJ is ridiculous, truth is Nick isn’t that funny to anyone but kids, otherwise get that kid some drumsticks I’m feeling a snore coming on.

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Anonymous

Posted at 10:01 PM on March 27, 2014  

He forgot to get blue eye tint contact lenses to go with the blond straight hair. Also, he should have gotten a dog in the picture, preferably a small or designer-breed dog.

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Letskeepitreal

Posted at 3:02 AM on March 27, 2014  

The reason blackface has been considered tabu/ socially inappropriate is because of they way white people portrayed blacks as stereotypical caricatures during the 1800s. (Just look up the history) Today African-Americans have made great strides in regards to racial equality, especially after the civil rights movement. Because the use of blackface is so historically ugly and derogatory, our modern society has come to the understanding that it is inappropriate. Especially when it is done maliciously or intended as a racial slur. There is a definite double standard here and with a legitimate reason. Is it really tasteful for a white person to do something that reminds everyone of the past atrocities committed by the white race, especially against blacks? I think there is a shameful past that nobody wants to bring into modern conversation. Most people have the decency to abide by these unspoken rules otherwise you maybe perpetuating stereotypes and eliciting an emotional response from a minority race. Do u really think it is appropriate to openly bring up symbols of oppression just for the sake of equality? Is it really acceptable/ necessary/ in good taste to cry about the undeniable double standard? The real question we must ask ourselves today in regards to the double standard is, “Is nick cannon’s whiteface going to cause the same destruction and proliferating of the white race during this day in age?” Will this change peoples attitudes and perception of white people? With approximately 77 percent of Americans being white and only 13 percent being black, do we really need to feel that nick cannon is doing something to damage the white race’s reputation? Do we need to view it as racist, or can it just be taken as freedom of expression? Or a joke/ comedy, perhaps we can be a good sport and let him have his fun, without bringing up history white people should be ashamed of? Has anyone even considered the notion that he may be attempting to break down racial barriers and opening the door for both races to use blackface or whiteface freely in a modern context? That maybe he is saying, “hey it’s ok now, if it’s done with good intentions. We are the next generation, and we don’t need to be uptight about this anymore.” Judging by his reference to Robert Downy jr’s blackface character he seems to be cool with it (in a modern context anyway.)
The real question I would like to ask here is “why are people so offended by nick cannon in whiteface?” Is it because they fear this will cause stereotyping? Invalidate the white culture and society? Distort white traditions into inaccurate and offensive caricatures? Will it cause damaging effects on a marginalized group of people? (You do the math) Or is it because “the black people get offended by blackface, so we should have the same privilege as well?” Perhaps the “No fair they get to be offended and we don’t ” attitude? Or is it because “it hurts my feelings when people make fun of me”.
This is what I am genuinely curious about…

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Vega Maximus

Posted at 1:28 AM on March 31, 2014  

Bull, those white people don’t exist anymore, the predominant amount of white you meet, are only several generations into this country, so not only do we not deserve your guilt trip, we don’t deserve your racism. You’re just continuing hate trying to keep bringing things up we weren’t here for, slavery is as old as time itself, it’s happened in every corner of the globe yet were only reminded of everyday here in America. America may have talent but this hacks got none.

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Sampson Ford

Posted at 8:10 PM on April 2, 2014  

Your an idiot if you think that “those white people” don’t exist anymore. How don’t they? What did time do? It certainly didn’t rectify all of the ongoing racist things that happen to black people…which is consequential to the slavery you say we’re past.

 
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Sampson Ford

Posted at 8:13 PM on April 2, 2014  

Thank you for your insightful commentary.

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Lola

Posted at 12:06 AM on March 27, 2014  

I think it’s wrong for him to do it because it is offensive. Just like it’s bad when a white person does it and it is bad when blacks do it. You want respect then give respect….no double standards. This is not comedy and it’s definitely not funny.

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zyggie

Posted at 3:03 PM on March 26, 2014  

I think it was tasteless on Nick Cannon’s end. If it’s not right for black face, it’s not right for white face either. Double Standards??

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maddie

Posted at 12:33 PM on March 26, 2014  

Nick cannon stop being sooo ignorant and stupid!!! Your wife is white too and your kid!!! Leave your complex behind dude you are rich and the white people helped you to be on top!!! (;

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Suzy

Posted at 12:07 PM on March 28, 2014  

Her wife is not white LOL. Mariah Carey is biracial.

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Vega Maximus

Posted at 1:29 AM on March 31, 2014  

Depends on which day of the week it is huh?lol

 
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Averykayla

Posted at 1:32 PM on July 3, 2014  

For your information Marian carey is mixed

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Steve

Posted at 10:58 AM on March 26, 2014  

I, as a not so “privileged” white person, believe in humour. That being said, I also believe that context and intent mater. This was not intended to be humour. This was was intended to shock and enrage under the blanket term of humour. I do not find the act of a black or white person painting their face in itself an act of open racism. However, I do find the perpetuation of stereotypes, negative or positive, to be blatantly racist.

That leads me to my next point, context. Is there any context here that adds anything to the world?
If there is I do not see it. All I see is one more bigot stoking the fires of hate among the people of the world. Promoting hate and openly laughing at it.

I will not write here “what if it was a white guy” argument, because it has been done and we know the out come of that. In my view, it would not matter either way, white paint or black paint, none of it covers over the true issues of bigotry and hate.

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thomas

Posted at 10:56 AM on March 26, 2014  

what the hell…so wait !! its ok that there is a whole genre of BLACK MUSIC and even a slot on radio and on a channel dedicated to it… African americans singing about their colour and violent lifestyles…and this…THIS is what causes controversy….. pure discrimination by African americans, the very thing they claim they suffer from white people ….hmm I say ……..shows the world we live in now…..disgraceful………………….

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