Nick Cannon recently announced that he and Chris Brown will star in an upcoming women's basketball film titled She Ball, which Cannon is also set to write and direct.
Twitter immediately pointed out the irony of the male stars headline a supposedly pro-female film, and dragged Cannon in particular for casting Breezy, who has a history of domestic violence against his girlfriends. Now, Cannon is doubling down in response to the anger, and it's clear this movie is off to a bad start.
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Upon learning of Chris Brown's involvement in the film, many have taken to social media to express their disapproval of Cannon's choice, referencing Brown's past confirmed domestic violence case with ex Rihanna as the reasoning for him being undeserving of the role.
TMZ has since caught up with the comedian at LAX where he openly defended the singer and stressed that he believes there is a double standard with Black men and the media.
"What about Sean Penn? They ever hate on his past?" he asked the paparrazo.
Here, Cannon is referencing the long-running accusations made against actor Sean Penn where he reportedly attacked his ex-wife, Madonna, with a baseball bat in 1987. She has since denied the accusations.
"[There's] definitely a double standard," he continued. "They want to turn a Black man into a monster anytime they can."
See what else he had to say, below:
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