Nick Cannon is saying “no” to cancel culture, coming to rapper DaBaby’s defense following his controversial homophobic remarks at the Rolling Loud concert on July 25.
Cannon, 40, appeared on radio station 105.1’s program, “The Breakfast Club” and expressed his thoughts on the 29-year-old’s comments. The “Wild ‘N Out” host himself has previously come under fire for anti-Semitic statements he made on his “Cannon’s Class” podcast in 2020. The father of seven was fired — then re-hired — from “Wild ‘N Out” after apologizing in February 2021.
“First of all, I think not only in the black community — and I’ve experienced it — but definitely just men a lot of times, we have that ego. We believe apologizing is weakness when it actually takes great strength to step up to anyone and say, ‘I was wrong,’” Cannon said on the radio show.
He admitted that DaBaby’s comments were unwarranted and believed the “Under the Sun” rapper could endure a period of “growth” following the situation.
“I know Baby. And that’s a strong brother… That man just lost his pops, his brother, all the things that he [has been through] and still to have that big smile that he has every day, knowing everything that he comes [from]? I grew up in Charlotte [for] part of my life — I know that life,” Cannon added. “He a fighter. We’ve seen his back against the wall. He’s swinging. He’s swinging just so he could get out. We all have to accept emotion.”
The “Drumline” actor continued, “I challenge all these people who actually want to cancel somebody, and even specifically in DaBaby’s situation, let’s use this as an opportunity for education. Because that’s what happened in my scenario to where I still stuck true to the truths. [My minister] told me that I don’t ever want falsehood to come out of my mouth, so if I’m saying something that is not correct about your community, show me where I’m incorrect. Correct me.”
“If I’m saying these things about the LGBTQIA community, show me where I’m wrong,” he said. “Not only is that going to help me, but you’re going to help so many other people who think like me. There are so many DaBabys out there.”
DaBaby was dropped from concerts such as Lollapalooza and New York City’s Governors Ball Music Festival. Cannon explained that he doesn’t agree with the festivals dropping DaBaby from their lineups because they’re enforcing “mob rule.” Cannon reiterated, “Mob rule has never worked in any society.”
“This is a moment where we should all gather around DaBaby and embrace him because if we can do that, watch how many mentalities will change in the hip-hop community,” Cannon said.
On Aug. 2, DaBaby posted (then deleted) an apology for his statements, writing, “I want to apologize to the LGBTQ+ community for the hurtful and triggering comments I Made. Again, I apologize for my misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS and I know education on this is important. Love to all. God bless.”