Comedian Nick Cannon is not backing off from a set he did at a New Jersey university that angered officials.
Cannon was hired to do his routine at Georgian Court University, a Roman Catholic school, on Sept. 20 and signed a contract that included language that instructed him to “avoid vulgarity and explicit sexual content in his performance.”
But he did not comply with that request and the school sent an email to the “GCU Community” in which it apologized for the comedian’s performance, People reported.
“Mr. Cannon blatantly disregarded the terms of our contract and much of his act ran counter to what we stand for at GCU,” GCU President Dr. Joseph R. Marbach wrote. “While comedy often explores serious social issues in ways that are fun and thought-provoking, Mr. Cannon’s act crossed the line. His words were offensives and do not represent our Mercy core values.”
Marbach expressed “profound disappointment with Nick Cannon” and “demanded an official apology from the artist and his representatives.”
But Cannon was unrepentant.
“I ain’t apologizing for s— LOL… wait, I’m sorry your university doesn’t believe in freedom of speech!!!” the 36-year-old comedian tweeted, with a screenshot of the email.
I ain’t apologizing for Shit LOL… wait, I’m sorry your university doesn’t believe in freedom of speech!!! pic.twitter.com/laTiF8ZNEt
— Nick Cannon (@NickCannon) October 4, 2017
“We believe that Mr. Cannon’s performance raised some valuable, thought-provoking topics in his show. The event took place over our reunion weekend and many older alumni were invited to the show alongside of our current students,” Marbach said in a statement to People.
“Because of the anticipated nature of the audience and the context of being a Catholic university, we asked Mr. Cannon to avoid vulgarity and explicit sexual content in his performance,” he added. “Unfortunately, he repeatedly chose to ignore this request.”
Many people agreed with Cannon and don’t want to see free speech suppressed on college campuses.
— DeAndré Trump-Jones (@_TheBlackTrump) October 4, 2017
Welcome to a brave new world where comedy is not allowed. https://t.co/3qy45kgG1y
— Eric Mrozek (@EricMMrozek) October 5, 2017
More universities policing people’s speech unless it falls in line with what they believe. https://t.co/y25nCVCNd5
— Jason (@D_Fengel) October 4, 2017
Don’t apologize for freedom of speech… https://t.co/Q0KRAHT5MT
— Chanta Brown (@Csummerrein01) October 4, 2017
But others pointed out that the event took place at a private Catholic university for which he signed a contract to not use vulgarity.
It sounds like you made an agreement and violated it….are you saying “freedom of speech” gives you the right to breech a contract?
— Nicki (@Luv4PurpleN_Blk) October 4, 2017
It’s wrong when he breaks the rules. Apparently he did just that.
— Michele Kozal (@MicheleKozal) October 5, 2017
I mean, did they set parameters before hand though? Maybe don’t do shows that limit your scope.
— Amanda Greer (@AmandaGreer19) October 4, 2017
disappointed, thought u’d be good role model by respect term of contract, this nothing has with freedom of speech
— Cassie Mae Blomquist (@casimae7) October 5, 2017
Others predictably called racism.
Trying to make nick apologize.
Crakka ass crackers https://t.co/uXSxfUp9Cd
— god jahi tau (@GodJahi) October 5, 2017
Suspected racists/white supremacists Love public apologies from Black people. Just like going to a lynching/picnic…
— MV YT (@MyVoiceY) October 4, 2017
They are most like racist or simply scared to voice truth and stand up for something. I love what you say and I need you to keep saying it
— Melissa McDonald (@tubbyjiles32) October 4, 2017
The white supremacists want you to grovel. Keep your head up and stay strong fam
— I peep game (@youeatcake2) October 4, 2017
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