Nick Cannon painted on Whiteface to promote his new album with “Wild N’ Out” cast member, Timothy DeLaGhetto, called “White People Party Music.” I can take a joke, but if we get offended when White people do Blackface, how can we say, “Ahh come on, it’s just a joke,” when a Black person does it? Cannon started to receive backlash of major publications cringing and decided to tell the world to “just relax and have fun”:
Don’t get your fancy panties in a bunch! It’s funny how people take themselves so seriously. People love drama! We feed off of it. Just relax and have fun!
There’s a major difference between having fun and being offensive. Nick created “Connor Smallnut” for this new album, but also for attention, because let’s be real–when was the last time you paid attention to a Nick Cannon track? I’ll tell you when–10 years ago. “White People Party Music” is Cannon’s second studio album in 10 years, so he could use all the publicity stunts he could get. If reverse racism was a thing–this would be it. Racial double standard anyone?
Let’s say Macklemore was to come out with an album called, “Black People Cookout Music,” and painted himself Black to promote it. What would happen? I can tell you that Kendrick Lamar wouldn’t be the only person fired up about it. I don’t think it’s right to call a White person in Blackface racist without calling a Black person in Whiteface the same.Sure, there’s been other Black comedians who smeared their faces in white paint for a cheap giggle, but that doesn’t make it any less offensive. So what racism scale of judgment are you using to decide what deserves a chuckle versus what deserves a march on Washington?
And then there’s this:
While I find his corniness refreshing, I’m not here for his trying-too-hard-to-be-taboo tactics to get us to care about this album. However much Nick’s fake pasty White face makes me cringe, I can honestly say that from what I’ve heard, “White People Party Music” is a fun album. It’s the type of Britney Spears meets Flo-Rida music that makes sweating in the gym a bit more bearable. It sucks that Nick Cannon had to create a gimmick in order to get the world to pay attention. Don’t get it twisted though–this was a brilliant marketing ploy. People who would have never checked for a Nick Cannon album are currently searching the hashtag as to not miss a chance to laugh at him.
What’s funny about this is just in time for Black History Month, Cannon voiced his outrage over a Google Doodle honoring Harriet Tubman and called the uplifting cartoon image racist. I’m starting to think Nick Cannon doesn’t know what racist means.
What do you think of Nick Cannon in Whiteface, beauties–hilarious or hurtful?
Check Out This Gallery Of Words & Phrases Black People Remix:
Sh*t Black People Say: Words & Phrases We've Remixed
1. Colorful Language
Black people have a very colorful way of naming things that already have a name. Check out this list of things Black people have renamed.
No, this is not the thing that you cook on at the BBQ. This is the blinging piece of jewelry that goes in your mouth to show the world that you're ballin'.
While sneaker head come in all colors, it's the Black shoe lovers who call their beloved shoes...kicks.
4. The Sugar
Diabetes affects Black people more than any other race. 18.7 percent of all African Americans aged 20 years or older have diabetes, but we'd rather call it The Sugar.
When your skin is extremely dry, to the point where your Black skin looks white, that's called being ashy. Black people OWN the word ashy, while many other races just refer to it as what it is--dry skin.
Sharp means a man or woman, but mostly a man is dressed to the nines. Usually said man is in a well-tailored suit. As in, "Oooh, brother you are looking SHARP today!"
What is typically known as a BBQ or grilling out has been renamed by many a Black folk as a cookout. As in, "Girllll, you going to Ray Ray's cookout on Saturday, I'm bringing ice and you know I'm making a to-go plate."
8. The Scripture/The Good Book
The Scripture or the good book refers to none other than the Bible. Yes, there's the Quran and Bhagavad Gita, but the one that matters most to Black people is...The Scripture.
Black women love going to the salon to get their hair laid, but when you get a nice wash & set and the hairstylist sends you on your way with your hair wrapped--that's called a doobie. Thanks for letting the world know, Rihanna.
Hair is a woman's crowning glory and for Black women, it's the love of our lives. We love hair so much, we've got a million and one names for our weaves aka...extensions.
11. Prayer Cloth
Thank you RHOA cast member, Phaedra, for teaching the world what keeps those pesky spirits away. A prayer cloth is a piece of fabric, usually lacy that will cover your exposed knees in case you wear something too short to church or you're caught up in the Holy Spirit and you faint. The usher will kindly lay the prayer cloth across your bare legs.
12. Bourgeois (but we pronounce Boo-gzee)
While the word is French and refers to the middle class, Black people have taken it to mean stuck up, rich and pretty much phony. It's become more of a lifestyle. Ask Jennifer Williams of "Basketball Wives" fame, who's never even seen a food stamp.
13. Sleeping Clothes
I never even knew what pajamas were until I slept over at my White best friend's house in 7th grade. They were and always will be sleeping clothes. It's the clothes you wear to sleep in!
14. Make Groceries
This phrase has roots in the south, specifically New Orleans. This is simply called buying and/or getting groceries. You can't MAKE groceries! LOL!
My grandma never called stockings, stockings. It was always, "Why ain't you wearing any sheers, child?"
LOL at this thug though. But yes...headwraps--the scarves you tie around your freshly done hair before going to bed at night. If you're horrible at tying scarves like I am, you'll usually find it in the bed by morning.
17. Pocket Book
There's so many names for the convenient all-my-things holder you wear on your shoulder. Bags, purses, handbag or whatever--there's nothing like a good old fashioned pocket book.
18. Coin Purse
This is most likely something your grandma says. "Gon' in there and get me my coin purse," as she's pointing to her purse that's beside you in the pew (Yes, you're at church) so that she can pay her tithes and offerings.
What do you mean stories, you ask? These are your favorite soap operas, but instead of trying to say that tongue twister (try saying "soap opera" 5 times fast), just call it what it is, stories.
20. The Stevie Wonder Version Of Happy Birthday
We love a good birthday celebration, but don't try and get us to sing the regular version of "Happy Birthday." Black folks are only here for the Stevie Wonder soul clappin' version.
21. End Of Times/Days
Black people love referring to the end of times, aka the Apocalypse or Armageddon when the weather isn't logical, multiple heart-wrenching crimes
22. Church Clothes
There's a major difference between your street clothes and the clothes you wear to church aka your Sunday's best. These are the clothes that you're only able to wear to church on Sunday.
Want those luxurious curls without the heat? Girl, you better put your hair in some rollers! Or if you do want to use the heat--grab you a pair of curlers and get to curling!