Comedian Nick Cannon sent shockwaves through the social media world on Sunday when the “America’s Got Talent” host shared an ill-advised instragram pic with the world.
Cannon, 33, posted a picture of himself made up in whiteface makeup to promote his upcoming album “White People Party Music” – his first new album in 11 years.
Dressed as the skater boy character “Connor Smallnut”, Cannon appeared in a flannel shirt, t-shirt, jeans and knit cap.
"It's official… I'm White!!! #WHITEPEOPLEPARTYMUSIC #Wppm in stores April 1st!!!!!!Dude Go Get It!!!Join The Party!!!!" Cannon posted alongside the pic.
He further fanned the flames with this hashtag-heavy laundry list of white stereotypes posted on Twitter: "#GoodCredit #DogKissing #BeerPong #FarmersMarkets #FistPumping #CreamCheeseEating #RacialDraft “Bro I got drafted!!"
But where Cannon saw hilarity, others saw red – criticizing the stunt as “racist”, “ignorant” and “hypocritical” on the same social media platforms that Cannon was using to promote himself.
But Cannon, husband of pop star Mariah Carey, hasn’t lost his cool – staying in character and responding to his critics with this tweet: "Duuuude everybody Chil-lax!!!!" ~ Connor Smallnut'."