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Nick Cannon's whiteface: Funny or racist?

Kristyn Burtt is an IAWTV award-winning host and entertainment reporter. She currently hosts the recap shows for "Dancing With the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance" on AfterBuzz TV and for "True Blood" on GeekNation.

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Nick Cannon donned whiteface for his new album, but is it a racist move? Fans weigh in on social media over the hot topic.
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It's always controversial when a Caucasian celebrity dons blackface — just think of Julianne Hough, who dressed up as Crazy Eyes from Orange Is the New Black at Halloween last year. Is it as controversial when an African-American celebrity dons whiteface?

Nick Cannon has done just that to promote his upcoming album, called White People Party Music. He was so proud of the look that he posted a photo on Instagram in which he is barely recognizable.

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Besides the color of his skin, the America's Got Talent host dons a red wig, a beanie and a flannel shirt with acid-washed jeans. It's a strong departure from his usual upscale-casual look.

He captioned the photo, "It's official... I'm White!!! #WHITEPEOPLEPARTYMUSIC #Wppm in stores April 1st!!!!!!Dude Go Get It!!!Join The Party!!!! #GoodCredit #DogKissing #BeerPong #FarmersMarkets #FistPumping #CreamCheeseEating #RacialDraft "Bro I got drafted!!"

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Fans immediately started tweeting the musician with questions about how he felt as a white person.

Other followers on Twitter immediately responded with messages that it was racist for a black man to don whiteface. However, Cannon retweeted one follower's note about the difference between the two issues in a historical context.

While Cannon surely is having fun with his new look, what do you think about whiteface? Is it racist or not?

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