Nick Cannon’s Caucasian Persona, “Connor Smallnut”, Sparks Internet Debate

Nick Cannon has really been busy promoting his new album, “White People Party Music,” which hits stores on April 1.

However, to some, he may have taken his album title a bit too seriously.

The rapper/actor/television host shared photos and videos on his Instagram account of himself in whiteface makeup with blond hair, a new wardrobe and a “skater boy” accent. Cannon captioned the first photo with a series of hashtags, joking about stereotypically white interests.

“It’s official… I’m White!!! #WHITEPEOPLEPARTYMUSIC #Wppm in stores April 1st!!!!!!Dude Go Get It!!!Join The Party!!!! #GoodCredit #DogKissing #BeerPong #FarmersMarkets #FistPumping #CreamCheeseEating #RacialDraft “Bro I got drafted!!” he wrote in the caption for the below pic.


Cannon followed up the photo with a video introducing his Caucasian persona, Connor Smallnut.

As you may have guessed, Cannon’s costume has caused quite an uproar from both his fans and critics.

Commenters on his posts have accused the “America’s Got Talent” host of being “racist,” “racialist,” “ignorant” and “hypocritical.” Others have defended his act as “hilarious” and on point.

While the vocal majority has labeled Cannon’s antics as offensive, Cannon has continued to defend his actions on Twitter.

It’s funny how people take themselves so seriously. People love drama! We feed off of it. Just relax and have fun!!

Beyond his own response, Cannon has been actively replying to and retweeting comments of those questioning the ethics of the Connor Smallnut character. Cannon even went on to dare one fan to try on blackface:

What do you guys think? Did Nick go a little too far, or is this just another joke on his part to help promote his album?

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