In an interview with AllHipHop, Nick Cannon opened up about allegations of antisemitism against him, explaining that he is still learning from the experience. He described the outrage resulting from the comments as “a growth moment.” Nick added that he is continuously learning from that experience.
In 2020, Nick Cannon hosted former Public Enemy member Professor Griff on his “Cannon’s Class” podcast and the conversation took a bad turn with the two making controversial comments about the Jewish community, and went on to assert that Black people were the “true Hebrews.”
Cannon was briefly fired by media giant ViacomCBS in the ensuing backlash to the comments. However, he expressed remorse for his comments and issued a public apology.
“Man, I’m going to be super honest with you. That process was a growth moment for me, on many levels as a man,” Cannon told AllHipHop’s, Chuck Creekmur.
Nick explained that he and Greenblatt, CEO of Anti-Defamation League are taking part in efforts to educate others and promote harmony through their “2 Hate or Not 2 Hate” podcast.
“And I even now, we have a podcast, myself and the CEO of the ADL, Jonathan Greenblatt, called ‘Solutions: To Hate or Not To Hate,’” Cannon added. “And it’s really talking about the equation of our two communities from two different perspectives. We voice our side or the perspective as a Black man, and then he voices his side from a Jewish man.”
Just even that alone is helpful and educational for both communities,” he said. “And again, because that’s the thing, we can sit up here and be enraged, but if we don’t engage, what are we really doing if we can’t even learn from one another? And clearly, we all know the issues, we all know the tropes, we all know the stereotypes.”
“I’m really putting my money where my mouth is and my energy to where my heart is. To me, that situation says, ‘All right, I’m done talking. Everybody talk. Let’s figure it out, let’s solve it. What’s the problem?'”