Nick Cannon Says He Won't Apologize for Anti-Semitic Comments; Nickelodeon Cuts Ties

July 15, 2020
Nick Cannon at the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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Nick Cannon is getting blasted after he made a series of anti-Semitic comments on his YouTube talk show, Cannon’s Class, Page Six reports. Cannon was speaking with former Public Enemy member Richard “Professor Griff” Griffin, who was sacked from the group for making anti-Semitic remarks in 1989. The two referenced fringe conspiracy theories about Jewish people, including “the Rothschilds, centralized banking, the 13 families, the bloodlines that control everything even outside of America." He also says the comments can't be Anti-Semitic, since, purportedly, the Semitic people and language are unrelated to Caucasians. He also said “the people that don’t have [melanin> are a little less," and are "evil," and "have to rob, steal, rape, kill in order to survive," and also called them "savages." It's unclear if that comment was about Jewish people or white people. Cannon was slammed after the interview, and published a clarification on Facebook but refused to apologize. “There’s no malice or negative intent, but in a time like 2020 we got to have these conversations,” he added in a statement to Fast Company. “To me apologies are empty … 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.” Late Tuesday, ViacomCBS, Nickelodeon's parent company, cut ties with him, after he was named chairman of TeenNick in June. "ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism," they wrote in a statement, adding, "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."