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Nick Cannon sparks controversy by using "whiteface" photo to promote his new album

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/25/2014 

Nick Cannon is sparking controversy by posting a photo of himself turned into "whiteface" on Instagram.

The America's Got Talent host will be releasing his first album in over a decade titled "White People Party Music," and to promote the record, the African-American rapper transformed himself into a hipster Caucasian man. Cannon has since been criticized on social media for being offensive and hypocritical.

"It's official... I'm White!!! #WHITEPEOPLEPARTYMUSIC #Wppm in stores April 1st!!!!!!Dude Go Get It!!!Join The Party!!!! #GoodCredit #DogKissing #BeerPong #FarmersMarkets #FistPumping #CreamCheeseEating #RacialDraft 'Bro I got drafted!!'" Cannon captioned the photo of himself wearing a beanie, flannel T-shirt and jeans.

Many people are outraged about Cannon's behavior because if a white person sported "blackface" in public, it would widely be considered racist and disrespectful.

For example, on Halloween last year, former Dancing with the Stars professional Julianne Hough, 25, wore a "blackface" costume in attempt to dress up as "Crazy Eyes" from one of her favorite shows Orange is the New Black.

After many fans flipped out over Hough's ensemble, she issued an apology on Twitter, saying it was never her intention to hurt or demean anyone.

Comments on Cannon's "whiteface" Instagram photo seemed mostly all negative.

"This makes me mad," one fan wrote. "That actress who dressed blackface to be 'Crazy eyes' for Halloween had to apologize when everyone freaked out....but nick cannon gets to hashtag white stereotypes and dress like a white guy? Go America!! Everyone makes a lot of sense."

"When a white person dresses up as a black person everyone loses their minds," another person posted.

"When a black person dresses up as a white person, no one gives a shit... So, therefore people should stfu when a white person impersonates a black person. Slavery existed with white people too. Fyi. Double standards. It's bullshit."

Cannon attempted to explain where the title for his new album came from and what his inspiration was.

"You go to a party and white people are having more fun than anybody," Cannon told Us Weekly prior to releasing the "whiteface" photo.

"They know how to have a good time! I could have named the album Purple People Party Music and you'd still get the same album, but it was just one of those things. You know, you deal with things like race, and people get uptight, so why not?"

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