chris brown by Joshua Eferighe January 1, 2018
Nick Cannon is fed up with the heat he’s taken for working on new film, She Ball with R&B superstar Chris Brown.
This past December Variety announced that Nick Cannon would be writing, directing, and co-starring in the new film with Chris Brown and immediately received a good amount of backlash for working with the troubled R&B singer.
On Wednesday TMZ ran into Cannon at the Los Angeles International Airport and asked him about the critics. Cannon, clearly frustrated, spoke on what he felt has been unfair treatment toward the grammy nominated artist.
“What about Sean Penn? They never hate on his past and the movies he did,” he said.
“There’s definitely a double standard. They want to turn a black man into a monster anytime they can, ” he continued.
Despite the films positive message — a story documenting one man’s struggle to help a women’s street basketball team in California to save the embattled Inglewood Community Center while trying to raise his seven-year-old daughter — it seems that simply having Chris Brown’s name associated with the project is problematic still.
Karrueche Tran’s permanent restraining order granted against Chris Brown last year and pleading guilty to charges of domestic violence against Rihanna in 2009 certainly do not help his public image but surely Nick Cannon has a point: how many other entertainers are being held to what they’ve done in the past?
.@NickCannon will write and direct the women's basketball film 'She Ball' co-starring @chrisbrown (EXCLUSIVE) https://t.co/GrfPuNXLih pic.twitter.com/zaDnGXNyeJ
— Variety (@Variety) December 19, 2017
If casting Chris Brown doesn’t tell you enough about Nick Cannon’s cultural awareness, along with hiring the likes of Cedric the Entertainer, Evan Ross and even women basketball players from the WNBA for the film, he also recruited Baby “Birdman” Williams to help with the soundtrack.
No one really knows the debts Chris Brown has paid to society or what strides he’s made personally in terms of how how he treats women, but as we’ve seen with Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation; if women aren’t behind it, the success will be affected.
Until then Nick Cannon and his PR team will have their hands full.