Now that’s a way to send a message! Nick Cannon wanted to share his two cents on the #OscarsSoWhite debate, but in the most poetic way possible…literally. He shared a poem to express his feelings, totally slamming Will Smith and those who have boycotted the Oscars so far — see it here!
Nick Cannon may not be white, but he isn’t taking offense to the Oscars’ snub of people of color. The 35-year-old America’s Got Talent host voiced his opinion on the debate that has angered everyone from Will Smith to Lupita Nyong’o with a poem that not only presents a new outlook on the issue, but also disses the haters. Take a look at his poem and see if you think he’s making a good point, or simply hating on Will and the rest of the Oscars boycotters!
In the poem, Nick makes an argument that complaining about the discrimination for a simple award is silly when there are so many other issues that could be addressed in the black community. Read his entire piece, which he shared on his Facebook page:
Damn! Look what they did to Oscar.
Nah, not another trophy rant.
I’m talking Oscar Grant, Sandra Bland, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray.
Why we trust what the news say anyway?
It’s blasphemous, don’t get distracted by these lottery tickets and statues.
It’s just fake gold and plastic.
We come from Pharaohs with no masters.
What happened? We went from golden tombs to closed caskets.
The Black Plague, they want us to catch it.
Just ask Magic, Malcolm, Martin, Muhammad Ali, Bill Cosby.
How the enemy can tear down our community and rewrite the history by highlighting our flaws.
But let he who cast the first stone, who constitutes the new laws.
Nah, I ain’t never seen Empire but I serve my own throne.
What I look like begging them to let royalty into they home.
As for me and my house, we’ll serve the Lord!
We crying for votes but how many of us is on the board.
Better yet, when’s the last time you showed up and supported the NAACP Awards?
I want what’s mine, not yours.
Fuck getting my foot in.
I’m building my own doors.
Hollywood mainstream don’t validate me, yo.
Like Hov say, Save the accolades, just the doe.
You in this show for the business, or this business for the show?
Talent and brilliance? Hands down, man we got that shit.
That’s why I told Chris, man go ‘head and rock that shit.
You got the Juice now.
Fight the Power.
Hell yeah, I’m gonna watch that ceremony where they gonna let a black man be the Master for at least two hours.
So don’t waste your voice, don’t waste your prayers.
Save’em for the thousands killed in Nigeria, Kenya, The Philippines, Syria or right here in our urban areas.
Nah, now no one cares.
What about my mother raising a son while working three jobs and still equating to less than minimum wage?
What about me being placed on medication before my system could age?
What about that prison industrial system turning Brothers into new slaves?
Where’s the outrage? Where the complaints at?
Overcoming obstacles, definition of Black.
But I guess they don’t make no awards for that.
Real Kings don’t need no pats on the back.
Along with the text, Nick included a powerful video of himself reciting the spoken word poem. To make his message even stronger, he made the video black and white. Check it out below!
Nick is referring to the movement that has been dubbed #OscarsSoWhite, which addresses the fact that the Academy only nominated white people in both the acting and directing categories for this year’s awards — aside from one exception, Alejandro Iñárritu. Although Nick doesn’t specifically call out any of those who have voiced their opinion, clearly he doesn’t quite agree with those who are upset!
Considering there’s still another month until the Feb. 28 Oscars, Nick likely isn’t going to be the last celebrity to weigh in on the controversial race issue. But whoever speaks up next, it will certainly be hard to top Nick’s masterful contribution to the debate!
What do you think of Nick’s poem, HollywoodLifers? Does it seem like he’s slamming those who have boycotted the Oscars, or do you agree with the points he makes? Tell us below!