Nick Cannon called out late-night hosts Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel for wearing blackface in the past.
The “Wild N’ Out” host shared two old clips, one of Fallon pretending to be Chris Rock and the other of Kimmel impersonating former NBA player Karl Malone.
Not only were both Fallon and Kimmel wearing blackface in the old skits, they spoke in broken English and played on Black stereotypes, which Cannon said needs to be discussed.
This is the second time in recent months that Cannon has called out a fellow comedian on social media.
In December 2018 he posted old homophobic tweets from Sarah Silverman, Chelsea Handler and Amy Schumer after Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscars after old homophobic tweets of his resurfaced.
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TEACHABLE MOMENT: America, There is NO such thing as “WhiteFace” just like there is no such thing as “Reverse Racism”. BlackFace and Racism are rooted in and are byproducts of the Institutionalized Oppression of a subjugated people. The racist and severely damaging “Jim Crow laws” received its name from the BLackface minstrel movement of the 19th century and proceeds to cause pain to this day. A constant reminder that People of color are looked at as second class citizens in this country. Now when you look up the standard definition of “Whiteface” all you will find is an elite Ski Resort in Upstate NY. This is not a Tit-for-Tat argument. These are FACTS. These recent revealings of people painting themselves black or brown and speaking in broken slang in an attempt to be humorous or have fun; as if our culture is some sort of party trick or costume is unacceptable. Along with @Gucci @Prada @Moncler and any other companies or corporations who wish to exploit our pain. Racism is when an “elite” group uses its systemic power to enforce harm, hardship, and pain on others. If you don’t understand this, then it probably means you are or benefit from that elite group of privileged oppressors that we speak of. ROUND 1 goes to : THE CULTURE ✊🏾 Holla at me!!!
Cannon also accused the media of unfairly targeting Black men after he cast Chris Brown to star in his upcoming movie “She Ball.”
At the time, Cannon brought up the actor Sean Penn, who, like Brown, was accused of assaulting his ex-wife Madonna when they were married in the 1980s. But it’s something the pop singer denied in a 2015 Rolling Stone article.
Cannon’s post about Fallon and Kimmel sparked plenty of comments, and many thanked him for unearthing the old clips.