In a recent episode of his podcast, “Cannon’s Class,” America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon offered a hate-filled, racist and anti-Semitic rant. Cannon hosted rapper Professor Griff, a well-known anti-Semite, for an interview in which they promoted anti-Semitic conspiracies about Jewish families secretly controlling the world and claimed that black people can’t be anti-Semitic because they’re the real Semitic people.
“In order for me to be anti-Semitic, I’d have to be anti-black man, anti-black woman, anti-black people, anti-Africa, anti-all other people,” Griff said.
“Because the Semitic people are black people,” Cannon added.
.@FOXTV can't pull the plug one week on Farrakhan for his vile hatred of Americans and Jews but stay silent the next when one of their presenters @NickCannon indulges in the very same hatred!@AmericansAA calls on FOX to
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) July 13, 2020
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Cannon and Griff spoke positively of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a longtime anti-Semite, which has garnered more than 250,000 views on YouTube alone.
“When you have a person who has the lack of pigment, the lack of melanin that they know they will be annihilated, therefore they know that however they got the power, they have a lack of compassion, melanin comes with compassion,” Cannon said.
“Melanin comes with soul, that we call it soul, we soul brothers and sisters, that’s the melanin that connects us so the people that don’t have it, are, and I’m going to say this carefully, are a little less and where the term actually comes from, and I’m going to bring it back around to Minister Farrakhan, where they may not have the compassion,” he added.
“When they were sent to the Mountains of Caucasus, they didn’t have the power of the sun. The sun started to deteriorate them. So, they’re acting out of fear, they’re acting out of low self-esteem, they’re acting out of deficiency, so therefore the only way they can act is evil,” Cannon continued.
Truly disturbing that @NickCannon would use his platform to perpetuate false antisemitic conspiracy theories and lift up the vehemently antisemitic Louis Farrakhan. He should apologize immediately and educate himself on why his comments are so harmful. https://t.co/5wkCjbQu8W
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) July 13, 2020
Scholars have long debunked the claim that skin melanin levels are linked to intellectual abilities.
The anti-Semitic rant was first highlighted by a Jewish blogger on Sunday. Cannon previously hosted Nation of Islam representative Minister Tony Muhammad on his podcast, where Muhammad called for a separate black state. “We want Caucasians and this government to give us a separate state or territory like you did Israel,” Muhammad said.
The mainstreaming of #AntiSemitism/Farrakhan by some big names is a dangerous cancer that's quickly getting out of control, and my fellow Jews need all of you to speak out before it's too late again https://t.co/OdNMMtl70k
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) July 12, 2020
Cannon’s personal website lists his publicist as W&W Public Relations, but W&W executive Karen Lee told the Daily Caller News Foundation that they don’t represent Cannon and don’t have a contact for his current publicist.