‘I ain’t apologizing!’ Nick Cannon stirs ‘free speech’ firestorm for raunchy performance at Catholic University

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.

“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.

But others pointed out that the event took place at a private Catholic university for which he signed a contract to not use vulgarity.

Others predictably called racism.

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Carmine Sabia

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