Echoing the words of Nick Cannon himself, radio host Charlamagne tha God said this week he believes the famed TV personality was fired by ViacomCBS because Jewish people “have the power” in the media industry.
“Listen,” said the radio host, whose real name is Lenard McKelvey. “Nick is my guy. I hate it had to be him, but that’s what you can do when you have the power. And if there’s one thing Jewish people have showed us, it’s they have the power. I can’t wait until the day black people are able to fire people for saying things about us that we deem racist. We can barely get cops fired for actually killing us.”
After facing criticism from conservative activist Candace Owens, McKelvey doubled down, saying black people will “have that kind of power soon.”
ViacomCBS terminated its relationship with Cannon after he went on a racist tirade against white people and spewed anti-Semitic rhetoric.
In an episode of his podcast “Cannon’s Class” that was recorded in 2019 but re-posted last week, the 39-year-old celebrity spoke with known anti-Semite Richard Griffin. During their conversation, Cannon praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has been denounced by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League as an egregious anti-Semite, as a “positive,” “powerful” and “uplifting” man.
Cannon also said Jewish “bloodlines … control everything, even outside of America.”
As for white people, who have less melanin in their skin than black people, the “Masked Singer” host argued they are “a little less,” “closer to animals,” and are “the true savages” who are “acting out of a deficiency so the only way they can act is evil.”
After his dismissal from ViacomCBS, Cannon posted a long message on his Facebook page, in which he argued the company owed him an apology. He said ViacomCBS was “on the wrong side of history” and “wanted to put the young negro in his place.”
His firing, Cannon alleged, is the result of “the oppressive and racist infrastructure” at ViacomCBS along with the “systemic racism” on which “this world was built.”
“I am deeply saddened in this moment so close to reconciliation that the powers that be misused an important moment for us to all grow closer together and learn more about one another,” he wrote. “Instead, the moment was stolen and hijacked to make an example of an outspoken black man.”
Cannon went on to say ViacomCBS, which distanced itself from the entertainer’s rhetoric, “bullied,” “silenced,” and “continually oppressed” him.
Following a few days of intense backlash, Cannon took to Twitter Thursday night to write that it “pained” him that he “hurt an entire community.”
“Then I watched my own community turn on me and call me a sell-out for apologizing,” he continued. “Goodnight. Enjoy Earth.”