Nick Cannon knew white-face photo 'would spark some controversy'

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Nick Cannon knew that his "White People Party Music" album and white-face photos would be controversial -- that's part of the reason why he did it. In an interview on "Good Morning America," Cannon talks about a need for dialogue based on humor, not on hatred.

"I knew it would spark some controversy, but I felt like it was a conversation we needed," the singer and "America's Got Talent" host explains. "It doesn't have to be with hatred. There's a big difference between humor and hatred."

As for the white-face makeup, Cannon doesn't think people should be offended or compare it to blackface. "'Blackface' was a term that was created in 1869 to describe offensive minstrel shows," he says. "'Whiteface,' if you look it up and Google it, it's a ski slope in upstate New York. I was doing a character impression. Blackface is about oppression."

When asked if his album title would be OK if it went the other way, Cannon doesn't back away with his choice. "I bet you if Eminem named his album 'Black People Rapper Music,' it'd still go platinum," he says.

Cannon is probably right about that.

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