Nick Cannon has been busy promoting his new album, “White People Party Music,” which hits stores on April 1. However, he may have taken his album title a bit too seriously… The rapper shared photos and videos on his Instagram acco…
This enrages me. Him wearing whiteface is completely disrespectful. I find blackface extremely racist as do most people especially in the black community. Cannon’s display is equally racist and highly hypocritical. If a white person wore blackface, used racial stereotypes as hashtags and acted in an exaggerated way everyone, save for overt racists. Racism is racism, no matter what color it takes on.
Nick Cannon should be ashamed for making fun of a history of segregation in the film and entertainment industry, when the roles of white people were instead taken by African Americans. Oh wait, that never happened.
Stop equating a white guy wearing blackface with an African American wearing whiteface. The former has invokes a history of segregation, but the latter doesn’t. It’s called context.
What is your opinion on the controversy with Nick Cannon doing white face. Also do you think white people are justified to have an outrage, since black people are "claimed" to cause shit-storms when celebrities and such do "black face."
There is no controversy because as black people in a white supremacist world we do not have any power or privilege over white people. We do not have the power to define whiteness and reduce it down to a stereotype defined by something like “whiteface”, and we cannot as a group systematically affect the life outcomes of white people. White people, on the other hand, due to white supremacy, have all of these things and more and they regularly wield them to disastrous, dehumanizing effect. The white viewer’s feelings might be temporarily hurt seeing Nick Cannon in whiteface, but the power and privilege of their whiteness remains intact. Unaltered. The act does nothing. As white people, they will still be exalted as representing the standard of beauty, womanhood, manliness, citizenship, you name it in American society. Whiteness still reigns supreme, whiteface or not.
We live in such an anti-intellectual society where most white people have so deeply internalized their hatred for black people that they make these lazy conflations of whiteface with blackface, even though they know that the histories and context are totally different.
I find white rage fascinating. White people will get up in arms over an instance of “whiteface,” but then where is their outrage for Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, Jordan Davis, Oscar Grant, Emmett Till or Islan Nettles? They scream “controversy” and “reverse racism” in the former but remain silent as black bodies stack up on our streets, particularly when we are extrajudicially murdered by one of their own. Instances like this make it clear not only how anti-intellectual and ahistorical their “perspective” is, but also displays their hatred for blackness and black people in such a transparent fashion that it just breaks my heart.
This Week in Racism: The #CancelColbert Debate Is the Funniest Thing to Ever Happen
-If there’s one thing I believe the human race can totally agree on, it’s that comedy only gets better the more you dissect it. For instance, the classic joke, “Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side,” surprises the recipient of the joke with its literal, non-punchline. It’s a pure form of anti-comedy, the “Nick Cannon in whiteface” of one-liners. Isn’t that joke so much funnier now that I've explained it? I thought so.
Last week was a real golden age of comedy, thanks in no small part to the#CancelColbert controversy. Like with all the best art (textbooks, CliffsNotes, the Transformers movie series), the meaning needs to be super clear, or it’s not good. That’s not a suggestion. That’s, like, a rule.
Writer/activist/excellent comedian Suey Park and TV personality/white person Stephen Colbert both learned this powerful lesson through the course of last week’s controversy over Colbert’s joke about the Washington Redskins’ Native American outreach foundation. The Twitter account for The Colbert Report tweeted an out-of-context quote on the subject that contained a racial slur against Asians. That caused Park to create the #CancelColbert hashtag and blow up the internet for a few days. Conservative pundits, often the ones getting accused of racism, jumped at the chance to give their hybrid-driving competition a taste of their own medicine. You go, Michelle Malkin! You’ve really earned it.
Eventually, Colbert went on his show and explained that what everyone was upset about was a joke, specifically a satirical dig at Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s insistence on his football team having a racially insensitive nickname. At that point, the joke took off, growing from a mildly amusing larva of social commentary into a full-blown comedy butterfly. And yet… something was missing. What if there was yet another layer of sarcasm at play here? What if… Suey Park was just kidding the whole time too?
Shit’s about to get real.
In an interview with popular comedy blog Salon.com, Suey Park explained—in agonizingly funny detail—how she’s actually a fan of Colbert and that she was merely trying to point out how white people are allowed the benefit of context, but minorities don’t receive the same privilege. Allow Ms. Park to explain further:
“A lot of white America and so-called liberal people of color, along with conservatives, ask, “Do I understand context?” And that’s part of wanting to completely humanize the oppressor. To see the white man as always reasonable, always pure, always deliberate, always complex and always innocent. And to see the woman of color as literal. Both my intent behind the hashtag and in my [unintelligible] distance, is always about forcing an apology on me for not understanding their context when, in reality, they misunderstood us when they made us a punch line again. So it’s always this logic of how can we understand whiteness better, and that’s never been my politics. I’ve always been about occupying the margins and strengthening the margins and what that means is that, for a long time, whiteness has also occupied the margins. Like, people of color get in circles with no white people in the room and we see that whiteness still operates. So I think it’s kind of a shock for America that whiteness has dominant society already, it also seeps into the margins. What happens the one time when the margins seep into the whiteness and we encroach on their space? It’s like the sky is falling.”
I’m not sure who’s being misunderstood, who’s lacking context, or what “margins seep into the whiteness” means (maybe a Sarah McLachlan lyric?) What I do know is that the above block of text is very, very funny. I encourage comedians everywhere to explain themselves more. Based on the media’s fixation with this story, it seems like a sure way to up your Klout score. HILARIOUS
People mad at Nick Cannon for putting on Whiteface and considering it just as bad a Blackface. NO. Nick Cannon IS making fun of White people and using stereotypes but his jokes are about dog kissing and good credit. Blackface was never that benign. Seriously though, why do white people let their dogs french kiss them?