Sadly, many had predicted that such an event would happen.
When Kanye West began speaking anti-Semitic hate speech, there was a fear that he would pave the way for other influential figures to make similarly ignorant remarks.
Sure, many uneducated celebs have followed suit, including the NFL, Cole Beasley and NBA star Kyrie Irving.
Irving has been suspended by the Brooklyn Nets for tweeting his support for a fact-free, Holocaust-denial “documentary”.
Countless celebs have condemned Irving’s statements, but not surprisingly some have come out to co-sign on his folly.
one of them was anti-Semitic for a long time and Soon to be a father of 12 Nick Cannon,
Cannon sat down for an interview with Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt this week, and shockingly, he defended Irving’s staunch bigotry.
“I can say with all my heart that I know Kyrie Irving is not anti-Semitic,” Cannon told Greenblatt.
“When given the opportunity to say whether you’re anti-Semitic or not, he didn’t say ‘No, I’m not’ – at the press conference he said ‘Stop dehumanizing me,'” Greenblatt shot back.
Cannon did not directly respond to that observation.
Instead, he compared Irving’s suspension of nets to the inhumane practices employed by slave owners.
Cannon accused the NBA and Nets ownership of “buck breaking”, as he explained to Greenblatt, a tactic used to discourage discontent and rebellion among slaves.
“The movie says white Jews invented the Holocaust,” Greenblatt said, referring to the documentary tweeted by Irving.
“Well, I know it’s not accurate, there’s a huge historical record. The Jewish people know what’s around the corner when you dehumanize like this.”
“So in that statement—the tropes that dehumanize the Jewish people—the same buck-breaking,” Cannon began, before Greenblatt intervened and asked him to define the term.
“The slave master would bring the reindeer, which gets out of line, so all the other slaves would see whip after whip, showing them the power to set an example,” Cannon explained.
“This is what you must do to get in line,” he continued.
Clearly, Canon believes that Irving has done nothing wrong, and is only being disciplined so as to discourage other NBA players from making controversial statements.
The danger is that Canon is belittling Irving’s undeniable bigotry and indirectly encouraging other players to make similarly “incendiary” statements.
In addition to his suspension, Irving is required to undergo sensitivity training before returning to the court.
Canon has denounced this requirement as part of an “inhuman” attempt to publicly demean Irving.
For his part, Irving has yet to apologize for his offensive tweet, but he also hasn’t condemned the Nets or the NBA for disciplinary action against him.
We’ll have more updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.