Nick Cannon Calls Out ViacomCBS For Mistreatment
Nick Cannon is speaking out about his recent firing from ViacomCBS, following his reported anti-Semitic remarks.
“I am deeply saddened in a moment so close to reconciliation that the powers that be, misused an important moment for us all [to] grow closer together and learn more about one another,” he began.
“Instead the moment was stolen and highjacked to make an example of an outspoken black man. I will not be bullied, silence, or continuously oppressed by any organization, group or corporation. I am disappointed that Viacom does not understand or respect the power of the Black community.”
In a statement, a ViacomCBS spokesperson said that the company decided to fire Nick after he “failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism.”
Nick’s own statement went on to detail his relationship with ViacomCBS, as a staff writer on various Nickelodeon shows as well as being named chairman of TeenNick in 2009, and his work launching the Nickelodeon HALO Awards.
“My time at Viacom also birthed one of my other greatest creative accomplishments; their longest running comedy series and the most successful Hip Hop programming in Television History Wild ‘N Out,” he continued. “An idea in which I self-financed out my own pocket and presented to MTV.”
“For Viacom to be so deceptive is no surprise; they have been mistreating and robbing our community for years, underpaying talent on their biggest brands like Love & Hip Hop, all of BET programming and of course, Wild ‘N Out,” he added. “I don’t have to defend myself here, the proof is in the history. I believed that the corporation was becoming more progressive and willing to create helpful spaces and dialogue in these difficult and uncertain times of 2020. Instead they chose to recently ban all advertisement that supported George Floyd and Breonna Taylor who we are all still seeking justice for.”
Wow. We’ll definitely be following the response to this.