“ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any sort and we denounce all types of anti-Semitism,” the firm said in a statement Tuesday. It’s terminating its connection with Cannon, ViacomCBS explained.
The organization’s move was in reaction to comments made by Cannon on a podcast where he and Richard”Professor Griff” Griffith, the former Public Enemy member, spoke racial prejudice. The podcast allegedly was filmed last season and aired two weeks back.
“We’ve spoken with Nick Cannon concerning an episode of the podcast’Cannon’s Class’ about YouTube, that encouraged hateful speech and disperse anti-Semitic conspiracy theories,” ViacomCBS explained.
“While we encourage continuing education and dialog in the battle against bigotry, we’re deeply troubled that Nick has failed to admit or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we’re terminating our relationship with him,” the firm said.
Cannon made”Wild’s Outside,” a comedy improv series for VH1, a ViacomCBS-owned cable station.
He composed at a lengthy Facebook article Wednesday he was”deeply saddened” by his shooting and accused the company of using his opinions to attempt and silence” a vocal black guy.
“I won’t be bullied, silenced, or always oppressed by any company, group, or business,” Cannon said, adding that he had been searching complete possession of”Wild’s Out.”
“Systemic racism is exactly what this world was built on and has been the topic where I was trying to emphasize in the current clips which have been circulating in my podcast,” Cannon explained.
He, however, demanded an apology from Viacom-CBS, a new he noticed he has worked with for over 20 decades.
In Cannon’s hour-plus tradition, he and Griffin assert that Black men and women are the real Hebrews and Jews have usurped their individuality.
Cannon then segues into a discussion of skin color –“And I will say this carefully,” he starts — to allege that individuals who lack enough saliva are”a bit “
People without dark skin possess a”lack” that forced them to act from fear and perpetrate acts of violence to endure, he explained.
“They needed to become savages,” Cannon explained, adding he had been speaking to”Jewish people, white people, Europeans,” amongst others.
ViacomCBS’ activity came as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the basketball fantastic and author, condemned several sports and entertainment celebrities for anti-Semitic tweets and articles and that which he called a”shocking absence of indignation” in reaction.
Abdul-Jabbar made his remarks at a column for The Hollywood Reporter which didn’t refer to Cannon.
As the controversy over his opinions started to bubble up Monday, Cannon responded in a Facebook post.
“I don’t condone hate speech nor the spread of hateful rhetoric… The Jewish and Black communities have faced tremendous hatred, oppression persecution, and bias for thousands of years and in many ways have and will continue working together to overcome these hurdles,” he said.
From the extended post, Cannon also said he welcomed being held liable for his announcement which he held himself accountable” for this particular moment and take the whole responsibility.”