Nick Cannon has been fired by media giant ViacomCBS for his “hateful speech and antisemitism” following a podcast in which he called White and Jewish people “savages”.
“They are acting out of fear, they’re acting out of low self-esteem, they’re acting out of a deficiency,” Cannon said. “So, therefore, the only way that they can act is evil. They have to rob, steal, rape, kill in order to survive. So then, these people that didn’t have what we have – and when I say we, I speak of the melanated people – they had to be savages.”
He continued: “I say all that to say, the context in which we speak, whether it’s Jewish people, white people, Europeans, the illuminati, they were doing that as survival tactics to stay on the planet. We never had to do that.”
Cannon also said that black people are “the true Hebrews” and referenced a number of antisemitic conspiracy theories, including “the Rothschilds, centralised banking, the 13 families, the bloodlines that control everything even outside of America”. He additionally condemned “giving too much power to the ‘they’”, He added, “And then the ‘they’ turns into illuminati, the Zionists, the Rothschilds.”
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“ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism,” read a statement from the company obtained by EW. “We have spoken with Nick Cannon about an episode of his podcast ‘Cannon’s Class’ on YouTube, which promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.”
The statement continued, “While we support ongoing education and dialogue in the fight against bigotry, we are deeply troubled that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we are terminating our relationship with him.”
In a separate interview with Fast Company he declined to apologize for his statements.
“Are you forcing me to say the words ‘I’m sorry’?” he asked. “Are you making me bow down, ’cause then again, that would be perpetuating that same rhetoric that we’re trying to get away from. What we need is healing. What we need is discussion. Correct me. I don’t tell my children to say, ‘I’m sorry.’ I want them to understand where they need to be corrected. And then that’s how we grow.”