Nick Cannon is not happy that his friend, Comedian Kevin Hart, was thrown under the bus by the Academy and Hollywood alike. He called out this double standard on Twitter, by zeroing on 3 white, female comedians.
On Friday, Cannon dug up old, anti-gay tweets by Chelsea Handler, Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman. In these tweets the three comedians use the homophobic f-word. Cannon commented the double standard he saw by tweeting, "Interesting, I wonder if there was any backlash here".
In the newly resurfaced tweets, Silverman is caught saying, “I dont mean this in a hateful way but the new bachelorette’s a f*g,” Schumer writes, “Enjoy ‘Skyfall’ f*gs. I’m about to get knee deep in Helen Hunt #TheSessions” and Handler scolds, "This is what a f*g bird looks like when he flexes.”
In response to a fan who asked him to “audit” his own tweets, Cannon replied, “Nope!!” “You know I’ve been saying f— up s— since twitter started! I don’t play that politically correct bulls—! F— politics!! Only Truth!” he added.
However, Cannon's past tweets don't necessarily reveal anti-gay sentiments as much him taking a stand against homophobia in the African-American community. In a tweet unearthed from 2010, Cannon wrote, “Honest question: why are we as Black men so homophobic?” In a 2012 message, Cannon remarked, “If your best joke includes ‘gay’ or ‘F—’ you should be kicked of [sic] Twitter this ain’t the 3d grade!”
Try as hard as you can, you’re never gonna find somebody who hasn’t made a risqué remark in the past. Traditionally, pushing the envelope of good taste is something a comedian does anyway.
Meanwhile, the Academy Awards are still seeking a squeaky clean funny person who’s never made a “problematic” remark. Good luck to them on that.