I feel that Professor Griff’s recent appearance on Nick Cannon’s podcast Cannon’s Class was an important opportunity to start a non-rent-related conversation between blacks and Jews, and I’m disappointed that Viacom instead took it as an opportunity to drop Cannon like a bad habit.
It just goes to show the dangers of cancel culture. I wasn’t approached by Harper’s magazine to sign the open letter on justice and free speech alongside J.K. Rowling and Malcolm Gladwell, but I definitely would. (The editors at Harper’s might not be as familiar with my work.)
It was announced on Tuesday that Cannon had been let go from Viacom. They said he refused to acknowledge that his remarks were anti-Semitic, or apologize, suggesting that he’d been called into the office and given an opportunity to denounce Griff, Farrakhan et al.
If he’d gone along with it, they may have also forced him to star in a movie in which he wore a dress, which is one of the things that they do.
I can understand Cannon not wanting to apologize, which is something I don’t recommend doing, generally speaking, but if I were him I would have tried the ol’ “I’m sorry that what I said made you feel that way,” just to see if it worked.
You might as well give it a shot, if your job’s on the line anyway.
Initially, Cannon came under fire (lol) not for any of Professor Griff’s fascinating theories on world governance, but for something Cannon himself.
Specifically, he said that white people lack empathy because they evolved in colder climates in black people. They’re quite literally cold people!
Someone on Twitter excerpted a clip of him saying that, and it was circulated amongst people who watch Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News, many of whom I’m sure could give a rat’s ass about what Professor Griff has to say about The Jews.
I suspect that few people actually watched the Griff episode of Cannon’s Class, and now they couldn’t if they wanted to, the episode having been removed for violating YouTube’s selectively enforced policy against hate speech.
At some point, someone noticed that the other guy in the viral Cannon’s Class clip was Professor Griff, i.e. the guy who somehow managed to get kicked out of Public Enemy for having questionable political views.
Cannon, then, was canceled for having the sheer balls to publicly associate with Professor Griff, not for anything in particular Griff said. He could have just as easily been on there sharing a recipe for a lemon meringue pie.
Griff was an occasional guest on The Alex Jones Show back when Alex Jones was still kind cool, and that may have been how the white supremacists were able to put one and two together. (Admittedly, I find that Jones still makes for an amusing listen on occasion.)
Before he was let go from Viacom, Cannon issued a statement insisting that he’s officially against hate speech and inviting any religious scholars onto his platform to explain to him how anything he said was wrong.
In particular, I think he was looking for someone to refute his claim that black people can’t be anti-Semites, because black people are Semites. It’s not even possible, logically!
It’s an argument sometimes put forth by the Black Hebrew Israelites: Black people are the descendants of the Jews discussed in the Bible, the ones who got lost in the desert, while the white people who call themselves Jews today are the descendants of white people from Europe and Russia, as can easily be proven by 23 and Me.
This seems like it might actually be true, and that might be why Viacom was so quick to get rid of Cannon rather than get a rabbi to go on his podcast. They didn’t want that smoke.
Diddy has since offered Cannon a show on Revolt, maybe a Revolt version of “Wild n’ Out,” if he can get the rights, or some sort of singing competition, god forbid. Come on home to Revolt, he said, where we don’t try to control what black people think.
I appreciate Diddy’s willingness to align his brand with Nick Cannon, given the circumstances, but my concern is that Revolt recently pulled an episode of Drink Champs in which Russell Simmons explained how those girls were lying on him in that HBO documentary. What’s to say they wouldn’t do the same thing to Nick Cannon?
Yesterday, Cannon issued a lengthy, heartfelt apology to The Jews. I wonder if there’s some sort of deal in place to get him back on TV. We’ll know that negotiations took place if he shows up in a movie doing something “suspect.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Take it easy on yourself,