After receiving national backlash for comments made on his podcast, Nick Cannon has issued an apology to the Jewish community for remarks made that he says reinforced hurtful stereotypes. Cannon wrote in his Instagram story:
“First and foremost I extend my deepest and most sincere apologies to my Jewish sisters and brothers for the hurtful and divisive words that came out of my mouth during my interview with Richard Griffin. They reinforced the worst stereotypes of a proud and magnificent people and I feel ashamed of the uninformed and naïve place that these words came from. The video of this interview has since been removed.
While the Jewish experience encompasses more than 5,000 years and there is so much I have yet to learn, I have had at least a minor history lesson over the past few days and to say that it is eye-opening would be a vast understatement. I want to express my gratitude to the Rabbis, community leaders and institutions who reached out to me to help enlighten me, instead of chastising me. I want to assure my Jewish friends, new and old, that this is only the beginning of my education — I am committed to deeper connections, more profound learning and strengthening the bond between our two cultures today and every day going forward.”
In related news, Nick Cannon will remain the host of the reality competition show “Masked Singer” which airs on Fox. The network released a statement:
“When we were made aware of Nick Cannon’s interview with Richard Griffin on YouTube, we immediately began a dialogue with Nick. He is clear and remorseful that his words were wrong and lacked both understanding and context, and inadvertently promoted hate. This was important for us to observe. Nick has sincerely apologized, and quickly taken steps to educate himself and make amends. On that basis and given a belief that this moment calls for dialogue, we will move forward with Nick and help him advance this important conversation, broadly. Fox condemns all forms of hate directed toward any community and we will combat bigotry of any kind.”
All of this of course, is in reference to the 39-year-old explaining his theory on his podcast as to why white people on average display a lack of compassion toward people of color.
According to Cannon, the white genealogy is at the core of the issue. He explained how a lack of melanin created an inferiority complex within lighter skinned people-“Jewish people, white people, Europeans” which causes them to act “out of a deficiency so the only way they can act is evil.” He also added that because of this propensity toward violence as a result of their lack of melanin, makes white people “closer to animals” and the “true savages.” He contended that Black people are the true Hebrews and Jews have usurped that identity.