Nick Cannon appeared in gleeful whiteface to promote his upcoming album, "White People Party Music." Credit: Nick Cannon's Instagram
White people, let's agree to be mature about this one.
Yes, that's Nick Cannon up there. Yes, he's donned what might be termed "whiteface." Yes, he adorned the Instagram pic with the caption, "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!!"
So what led Mr. Mariah Carey to dress up as a ginger bro, looking like he's having the time of his life? He's promoting his upcoming album, "White People Party Music." However, some of the Internet is writhing under the sting of Cannon's brutal racism. "Why is it considered humor when a black person paints their face white but when a white person paints their face black, it's racism? I don't care what justification anyone has for it. The action is still the same and people have the right to feel violated by @nickcannon actions," Instagram user c_n_v commented, adding, "The movie White Chicks was not meant to make fun of a race but instead two undercover cops doing their job."
All right, I may be in the minority on this one, but I think it's fine. Blackface is offensive because minstrel shows were part of the systematic oppression of African-Americans for hundreds of years. White people have never been systematically oppressed by black people. No, not even today, when Nick Cannon dressed up as your cousin Colin.
The movie "White Chicks," though, was a bridge too far.