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Nick Cannon speaks out: 'There's a big difference between humor and hatred'

Nick Cannon speaks out on his whiteface stunt.
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Comedian Nick Cannon sparked quite the controversy over his whiteface stunt last week to promote his new album called “White People Party Music.” The backlash he received resulted in him being called a racist and ignorant. While some may have thought it was funny, most did not. The artist appeared on “Good Morning America” on March 31 to talk about all of the criticism.

Cannon admitted that he knew the stunt would spark some controversy and it sounds like that is exactly what he intended to do. He told George Stephanopoulos that he talks about race all the time in his standup shows and that it is not a new conversation.

“It was one of those things. Naming my album title and doing the character, I knew it would spark controversy. But I felt like it was a conversation that is needed,” he said.

He went on to say that he didn’t even know what the term ‘whiteface’ was until he googled it. The only thing that he found on the internet was a ski slope in upstate New York with the name of Whiteface. His character impression was supposed to be meant as funny, but the term that was created has turned into major controversy.

“It's to have fun and put it out there. Yes, we have issues with race in this country, in this world. It doesn't have to be with hatred,” the dad-of-two explained. “There's a big difference between humor and hatred.”

“White People Party Music” is the first album Cannon has released in 11 years. The way he talked about it this morning, the rest of the tunes may cause even more controversy. However, it doesn’t seem that he is too worried about it.

The “America’s Got Talent” host has been concentrating on his music and his family, wife Mariah Carey and their adorable twins. He said that he is also feeling pretty good despite being diagnosed with lupus back in 2012.

How do you feel about Nick Cannon’s comments? Did you find his ‘whiteface’ stunt funny?

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