He tweeted, “I hurt an entire community and it made my heart ache, I thought it couldn’t get worse. ”
“Then I watched my own community turn against me and call me a dealer to apologize,” continued the tweet. ” Good night. Enjoy the Earth. ”
He then added, “You can all have this planet. I came out! “THE CONTROVERSY
ViacomCBS ended a decades-long relationship with Cannon this week after being joined by controversial hip-hop label professor Professor Griff in a recent episode of the “Cannon’s Class” podcast, where conversations turned to blacks like “real Hebrews” and included anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
In 1989, Griff was briefly expelled from the rap group Public Enemy after making anti-Semitic comments, but later joined the group as “Supreme Allied Head of Community Relations,” according to an article in this year’s New York Times.
When he appeared on the Cannon podcast, Griff doubled his past comments and said he was “hated now because I told the truth”.
Cannon said Griff was “talking about the facts” and amplified Griff’s view that the Jewish people controlled the media, comparing it to the power of the Rothschild family, bankers who had long been the target of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
The host of “The Masked Singer” also disputed that such opinions were anti-Semitic, claiming that blacks are “true Hebrews”.
“It is never a hate speech. You cannot be anti-Semitic when we are the Semitic people, ”he said. “When we are the same people they want to be. It is our birthright. We are the real Hebrews. ”
On Monday, Cannon posted a series of tweets about the controversy, writing, “Anyone who knows me knows that I have no hatred in my heart or malicious intent. ”
“I do not approve of hate speech or the spread of hate rhetoric,” he wrote. “We live in an age where it is more important than ever to promote unity and understanding. ”
He added that he is “a defender of the voice of the people who must be heard openly, fairly and frankly”.
ViacomCBS has had a professional relationship with Cannon for several years and is the parent company of several networks including Nickelodeon, on which Cannon appeared as an actor from the 1990s.
ViacomCBS is also the owner of MTV, where Cannon’s “Wild ‘N Out” comedy series has been popular since its inception in 2005 and has recently expanded to its sister network, VH1.
On Wednesday, a spokesperson for the company released a statement to CNN saying that the company “condemns fanaticism of all kinds and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism”.
“We spoke with Nick Cannon about an episode of his” Cannon’s Class “podcast on YouTube, which promoted hate speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories,” the statement said.
“Although we support ongoing education and dialogue in the fight against fanaticism, we are deeply troubled that Nick did not recognize or apologize for the perpetuation of anti-Semitism, and we end our relationships with him. ”
On the same day, Cannon shared a long article titled “Truth and Reconciliation” on his official Facebook page in which he demanded full ownership of his brand “Wild ‘N Out” and said that ViacomCBS was “now on the wrong side of the story “.
“I don’t blame anyone, I blame the oppressive, racist infrastructure,” wrote Cannon.
“Systemic racism is what this world was built on and this is the topic I was trying to highlight in the recent clips circulating from my podcast. If I favored hate speech, I apologize heartily. ”
He also specifically apologized to the Jewish community.
“I have to apologize to my Jewish brothers and sisters for placing them in such a painful position, which was never my intention, but I know that this whole situation has hurt many people and together we will do it remedy, ”he wrote. “I have devoted my daily efforts to continuing the conversations to bring the Jewish community and the African-American community together, embracing our differences and sharing our commonalities. ”
He followed this apology with a Twitter feed in a thread where he tweeted his thanks to the rabbis and other members of the Jewish community who he said had reached out to educate him.
Cannon tweeted that his comments “reinforce the worst stereotypes of a proud and beautiful people and I am ashamed of the uninformed and naive place where these words came from.” The video of this interview has since been deleted. ”
Fox, who uses Cannon as host of their popular reality show “The Masked Singer”, released a statement on Wednesday that he would keep his job with them.
“When we learned about Nick Cannon’s interview with Richard Griffin on YouTube, we immediately started a dialogue with Nick,” the statement said. “It is clear and remorseful that his words were bad and lacked both understanding and context, and inadvertently encouraged hatred. It was important for us to observe. Nick sincerely apologized and quickly took steps to educate himself and be forgiven. ”
CNN contacted Cannon representatives for further comments.