Well, Nick Cannon just went there.
The 33-year-old comedian took to Instagram to introduce the world to “Connor Smallnut”—his fair-skinned, redheaded alter ego—created to promote his upcoming album “White People Party Music.”
In order to become “Connor,” Nick covered his face in makeup that made him appear Caucasian—affectively going in “white face.”
Nick introduced the world to “Connor” with the above photo, which he captioned “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!!"
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Nick also posted videos—where he demonstrated his “surfer dude” voice and appeared tobe mesmerized by “free-style rap”
While some fans showed support for Nick—and appreciated the humor behind his new look—others were quick to call him out for being hateful, racist and even hypocritical.
Some Instagram commenters reminded Nick’s followers of the controversy surrounding Julianne Hough when she donned blackface to play an African American character from Orange Is the New Black at Halloween.
The pro dancer was chastised and apologized—and many are asking Nick to do the same.
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However, it seems people shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for Mariah Carey’s hubby to apologize.
While he didn’t direct address the criticism, he made his stance clear.
“Shout out to Robert Downey Jr. This is one of my favorite characters of all time! Hilarious,” Nick wrote with a picture of RDJ from Tropic Thunder, in which he wore Blackface. “There is a big difference between humor and hatred.”
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