NewsOne Staff weighed in on the recent firing of Howard University graduate Nick Cannon by ViacomCBS for his very poor choice of words in regards to Jews on his podcast from last month.
NewsOne, who boasts as Black America’s #1 News Source, published an article blasting Viacom for suggesting that it “believes allegedly anti-Semitic comments deserve a harsher and swifter punishment than police officers who kill innocent and unarmed Black people.”
“At least, that appeared to be what was happening when Viacom fired Nick Cannon on Tuesday,” wrote NewsOne Staff.
Viacom is one of the biggest media companies in the world.
Cannon is accused of pushing conspiracy theories about Jews while interviewing former Public Enemy rapper Professor Griff during an episode of “Cannon’s Class” on June 30. He also said that Black people are the “true Hebrews.” In addition, Cannon had some choice words about the history of white people in the world. (Professor Griff was ousted from the rap group over his own anti-Semitic flap.)
All of the above has caused ViacomCBS to sever ties with Cannon quicker than the Louisville Metro Police Department has with its officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor, who died in a hail of police bullets while she slept in her own home more than four months ago.
“ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism,” the company said in a statement Tuesday night about the man the company has worked with since the 1990s. “We have spoken with Nick Cannon about an episode of his podcast ‘Cannon’s Class’ on YouTube, which promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. While we support ongoing education and dialogue in the fight against bigotry, we are deeply troubled that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we are terminating our relationship with him. We are committed to doing better in our response to incidents of anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry. ViacomCBS will have further announcements on our efforts to combat hate of all kinds.”
One day before Viacom fired him, Cannon released a statement on his Facebook page denying the accusations of anti-Semitism and instead promoting “unity and understanding.”
To be clear, NewsOne does not accept discrimination of any kind. A little punitive consistency across all business sectors would be nice, though.
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