Nick Cannon

ViacomCBS Fires Nick Cannon, Citing Anti-Semitic Podcast Remarks

The network said that Mr. Cannon had promoted “hateful speech” during a recent episode of “Cannon’s Class,” his YouTube podcast.

By Neil Vigdor      July 15, 2020      [ ]

The television star Nick Cannon was fired by ViacomCBS on Tuesday for making anti-Semitic remarks during a recent podcast in which he discussed conspiracy theories about Jewish people and praised a minister notorious for anti-Jewish comments.

ViacomCBS is the parent company of MTV and the cable channel TeenNick, both of which prominently showcased Mr. Cannon for years on various platforms.

Mr. Cannon, 39, had worked as an executive producer and chairman of TeenNick, a spinoff of the network Nickelodeon geared toward teenagers. He had also been a host and executive producer of the MTV comedy show “Wild ’N Out.”

A ViacomCBS spokeswoman said in a statement that the company categorically denounced all forms of anti-Semitism.

“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 said. “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 tweet on Monday, Mr. Cannon said, “Anyone who knows me knows that I have no hate in my heart nor malice intentions.”

A representative for Mr. Cannon did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday night.

Mr. Cannon, an actor and a musician, is also a host on the Fox show “The Masked Singer.” It was not immediately clear if Mr. Cannon’s relationship with the network was being re-evaluated. Fox did not respond to requests for comment on Tuesday night.

Cannon tweeted this afterwards:

Anyone who knows me knows that I have no hate in my heart nor malice intentions. I do not condone hate speech nor the spread of hateful rhetoric. We are living in a time when it is more important than ever to promote unity and understanding.
3:17 PM · Jul 13, 2020

I don’t Tweet, so I have no idea what the buzz is about this on Twitter.  I am quite upset with Cannon.  Everything he said in his tweet is exactly opposite of his actions.  If these things are really NOT in his heart, they would not have flooded to the surface so easily.

I was listening to some of the comment others were making on-line, some pointing out the Jewish community’s role in the Civil Rights Movement and how could Cannon turn on an ally.  Historically, there are differences in opinion concerning the extent of their involvement and the motive behind it.  That argument would require another entire posting.  But, that is not the real issue here.   Anti-Semitism is on the rise in this country and it must be addressed along with the inequities of Black Lives Matter.  Racism cannot be tolerated – period.   Hate speech against racial, religious or ethnic groups cannot be tolerated – period.  Comments and actions that were just looked-over in the past are not going to get a pass anymore in this climate.  We should have empathy for other oppressed groups in our society and all over the world.

The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism says the following.  Whether you have religious convictions or not, this should appeal to your moral sense of right and wrong :

“Judaism teaches respect for the fundamental rights of others as each person’s duty to God. “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor” (Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 31a).

Equality in the Jewish tradition is based on the concept that all of God’s children are “created in the image of God” (Genesis 1:27). From that flows the biblical injunction, “You shall have one law for the stranger and the citizen alike: for I, Adonai, am your God” (Leviticus 24:22).”

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