Nick Explains His 'Whiteface' On GMA

This morning Nick sat down with Georg Stephanopoulos and discussed the controversy surrounding his recent white character 'Connor Smallnut'. The character was created as part of the promotion for his album "White People Party Music" which is released tomorrow, April 1st and still available for pre-order. When asked did he feel Connor was just as offensive as blackface worn by white people here was Nick's response: "Everyone is real sensitive to race which is part of the reason I did it. However, if you want to have a real conversation about it, They are using this term 'white face' and I don't really know what that is. I know 'black face' is a term that was created in 1869 to describe offensive minstrel shows. 'White face' if you look it up in Google is a ski slope in Upstate New York. I was doing a character impression, 'blackface' is about oppression. There is a big difference between humor and hatred." George had no actual counter for Nick's response but he did ask him about the title saying isn't it a bit offensive and presented him with a question from a viewer from Facebook asking how he would feel if Eminem released an album titled "Black People Rapper Music"? He responded saying "I bet that if Eminem named his album that it would still go platinum. It gets to be this double standard. It reminds me of my kids, when one gets away with something the other points the finger and says "why does...get to do that?" It's rally not that big of a deal. I'm an artist who has the opportunity to create and as long as I can embrace it because everything comes with consequence and a little heat and if I can take the heat let's ride." George really had no clue as to how to handle that so he continued to read off the teleprompter mentioning that it had been over a decade since Nick's last album and closing with mentioning the Cannon/Carey celebration for Mariah's anniversary (birthday). ABC US News | ABC Business News