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Nick Cannon went in white face to promote his upcoming album, White People Party Music.
On Monday, Mariah Carey’s husband posted a photo and videos on Instagram showing him disguised with body makeup, a wig, and surfer guy accent to take on the made-up persona “Connor Smallnut.”
One clip shows Cannon mockingly interviewing a bystander who seemingly has no idea about the performer’s true identity.
Asked on Twitter how it “feels to be white,” he replied, “Great, I’m no longer afraid of the Police!! LOL.”
But when Vanity Fair tweeted that Cannon’s stunt makes the world “cringe,” he snapped back, “Not really the World, just you guys! LOL.”
“Don’t get your fancy panties in a bunch!” he wrote, adding, “It’s funny how people take themselves so seriously. People love drama! We feed off of it. Just relax and have fun!!”
Cannon went on to post a photo of Robert Downey Jr. in black face for Tropic Thunder, with the caption, “This is one of my favorite characters of all time! Hilarious!!! There is a big difference between Humor and Hatred.”
White People Party Music, Cannon’s second studio album and his first in more than 10 years, will be released on April 1.
Check out the photo and videos below, including a clip of Cannon explaining the album’s concept.