We are just dumbfounded over this whole Nick Cannon whiteface photo. Honestly, haven’t we had enough examples yet why it STILL isn’t cool to do blackface or whiteface, even if you’re a famous celebrity?
Anyone remember former Dancing With the Stars pro Juliane Hough and the outraged reaction to her Orange is the New Black costume for Halloween? When she dressed up like Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren and actually went so far as to darken her skin and go blackface for it?
Well, apparently Mr. Mariah Carey, aka Nick Cannon, decided that it might not be okay to do blackface if you are a white person, but apparently it is just fine to do whiteface if you are a black person!
The America’s Got Talent host posted controversial Nick Cannon whiteface photos on Instagram on Monday using the name “Connor Smallnut” to promote his new album, White People Party Music. Which, in itself, is kind of a smack in the face title as it is — basically implying that white people can’t handle normal party music. They need some kind of special ‘watered down’ music to dance to or something like that.
In the photos and videos posted on Instagram and Twitter, Nick Cannon is covered in so much lightening makeup that he does indeed like “white” and he’s even sporting a red-haired wig under a cap. The accompanying caption on one photo reads:
“It’s official… I’m White!!! #WHITEPEOPLEPARTYMUSIC#Wppm in stores April 1st!!!!!!Dude Go Get It!!!Join The Party!!!! #GoodCredit #DogKissing #BeerPong#FarmersMarkets #FistPumping #CreamCheeseEating#RacialDraft “Bro I got drafted!!””
There are just so many wrong things about that caption and the racial stereotypes it includes, that we just can’t even go there.
We think the statement from commenter scifi3dzoo on the Instagram photo pretty much sums it up:
“Whether it bothers you or not it’s NOT good for race relations to keep dong this. Everybody needs to abide by the same standards. It can’t be ok for black people to keep doing this type of humor but nobody else can.”