Crown Heights Congresswoman Calls for Boycott of ViacomCBS for Firing of Nick Cannon

New York State Assemblywoman Diana Richardson (JNS/Screenshot)

Richardson called the backlash against Cannon a “witch hunt.”

By: JNS Staff

A New York assemblywoman has come under fire for defending actor, rapper, director and TV host Nick Cannon, who recently was criticized and has since apologized for making anti-Semitic remarks.

Diana Richardson, a Democrat who represents the 43rd district in Brooklyn, which includes the heavily Jewish neighborhood of Crown Heights, called on her Instagram followers to boycott media companies under ViacomCBS, which fired Cannon earlier this month for propagating anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has an extensive history of making anti-Jewish remarks.

Cannon made those remarks during the June 30 episode of his YouTube podcast, “Cannon’s Class,” in which the host of the Fox show “The Masked Singer” spoke with Richard Griffin, a member of the hip-hop group Public Enemy until the late 1980s.

After coming under fire for supporting Cannon, Richardson doubled down her support in a Facebook post.

“Songwriter Neyo summed it up best: ‘We’ve all made mistakes. Amazing how easily people forget that while in an attempt to crucify someone else,’” she wrote.

Richardson called the backlash against Cannon a “witch hunt.”

In her tweet two weeks ago, Diana Richardson said:

I support Nick Cannon – when asking why…signer and song writer Neyo summed it up best: “ We’ve all made mistakes. Amazing how easily people forget that while in an attempt to crucify someone else.” Neo is correct:

Show me the person who has never made a mistake….ill wait

Show me the person who has never apologized for their actions…ill wait

Show me the person that never sought forgiveness…ill wait

Cut the witch hunt – we can all support someone through a difficult time even if we don’t 100% agree with the path they have walked. The man said sorry I guess he should “say bye to earth” aka take his life thinking he has no support?

VIACOM had a relationship with Nick since his childhood. This definitely could have been handled differently AND I am not ashamed to stand by someone who is CLEARLY trying to make a wrong right.

P.S.A: Don’t come to my page or other social media outlets with a false witch hunt against me (all of a sudden) I am unapologetic about the truth and have the right to support who I want

Ne-Yo also told Cannon he could get through this rough patch, noting, “You’re too smart to not see the test, too aware not to know this is what GOD allows his strongest to endure.”

Whew as of 1:15pm – I’m no longer responding to my this thread. My words and position are clear. Happy Saturday!…/nick-cannon-cryptic-tweets-podcast-s…/

Richardson’s Facebook post caused another backlash.

“It’s irresponsible for any elected official — and particularly one who represents such a large Jewish constituency — to be propagating antisemitic tropes,” said City Councilman Chaim Deutsch on Wednesday. “I hope that Assemblymember Richardson will make an effort to understand the painful impacts of her words on Jewish New Yorkers.”

Simcha Eichenstein, a Democratic assemblyman who also represents Brooklyn, said on Thursday there’s “absolutely no place for anti-Semitism, racism or any form of hate.”

Later, Richardson told the Chabad Lubavitch Community News Service that she does not “condone anti-Semitism” and that Cannon’s remarks were “uncalled for” and “distasteful.”