AceShowbiz - Even though Nick Cannon himself is a comedian, he can't help but criticize fellow funnymen when they did something that needed to be called out. "The Masked Singer" host recently slammed both Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon on Instagram for wearing blackface in older skits, asking his followers, "Are these your Kings of Late Night???"
Alongside a clip of both late night show hosts sporting blackface, Cannon admitted in the caption that he had always been "on the side of the comedian and never pander to the sensitive." However, he felt "there needs to be some 'truth & reconcilation' discussions and teachable moments amongst our communities. I'm ready and willing for the discourse, so who wants to step up to the table first?"
Concluding his post, the temporary host of "The Wendy Williams Show" wrote, "In the meantime, I'll just leave this right here. Tell the Jimmys to holla at me!" Prior to this, Cannon also called out Sarah Silverman for the same issue.
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Are these your Kings of Late Night??? @JimmyFallon @JimmyKimmel you know I’m always on the side of the comedian and never pander to the sensitive, but I feel there needs to be some “truth & reconciliation” discussions and teachable moments amongst our communities. I’m ready and willing for the discourse, so who wants to step up to the table first? In the meantime, I’ll just leave this right here. Tell the Jimmys to holla at me!✊🏾
Both Fallon and Kimmel have yet to address their use of blackface in the past, but Silverman has previously apologized for it during an interview with GQ Magazine. In a May 2018 profile for the fashion magazine, the comedienne admitted she regretted doing that for the sake of laugh.
"Comedy by nature is not at all evergreen. So if you're doing right, you look back at your old stuff and you're horrified," she said of wearing blackface in an episode of "The Sarah Silverman Program". "I don't stand by the blackface sketch. I'm horrified by it, and I can't erase it. I can only be changed by it and move on."
Silverman went on admitting that even though she knew the sketch was wrong at the time, much of her fame was due to playing that character. "I was praised for it! It made me famous! It was like, I'm playing a character and I know this is wrong, so I can say it. I'm clearly liberal," she added. "That was such liberal-bubble stuff, where I actually thought it was dealing with racism by using racism. I don't get joy in that anymore. It makes me feel yucky. All I can say is that I'm not that person anymore."