After launching himself in 1998, the actor, comedian, and rapper, Nick Cannon today holds a status among the celebrity elites of American television. The talk show host, although beloved among many, recently created controversy during his Times Square appearance on New Year’s Eve. The incident has since then steered the spotlight back on Cannon and simultaneously erupted a slew of political back-and-forth on social media after his comment was considered offensive and troll-worthy by the court of public opinion.
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Twitter Trolls Nick Cannon After His Vasectomy Comments
Nick Cannon is a proud father of 12 children, although his son Zen S tragically passed away roughly a year ago from brain cancer when he was only 5 months old. Halo Marie Cannon is the television host’s second child with model Alyssa Scott after Zen. On the occasion of their daughter’s birth, Scott posted a message on social media saying:
“December 14, 2022. Our lives are forever changed. Zen is in every breath I take. I know his spirit was with us in the room that morning. I know he is watching down on us. He shows me signs every day. I will hold onto this memory forever.”
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Two weeks later, on New York’s infamous Times Square on New Year’s Eve, while hosting their live show for CNN, Andy Cohen asks Nick Cannon what his “endgame” supposedly is after welcoming his 12th child, and makes a jab about Cannon’s “single-handedly repopulating the Earth.” However, when asked what his plan is, the latter says,
“Honestly man, it’s just so much joy and elation that I have, the family that I have, and I embrace it. I love it, and I don’t have a plan. That should have been clear from the jump.”
Anderson Cooper then follows up that reply by asking — “A vasectomy?” — to which Cannon replies, “Is that what you want me to get? It’s my body, my choice.” Twitter has now used this opportunity to call out Cannon for his remark.
Too bad alot of us women don’t have that option anymore…
— Amanda (@Amanda52888619) January 2, 2023
That’s not how that phrase works
— Alex Singh BLM (@alex10000) January 1, 2023
I better see him at EVERY SINGLE WOMENS RIGHTS MARCH and EVERY ABORTION RALLY if those are his beliefs then pic.twitter.com/ybj3fPL9rU
— JJ (@QuackitysBald69) January 1, 2023
— Ava Garden Wilder (@AASwiftie13) January 1, 2023
Ok and where are the laws that prohibit men from having the right to get vasectomies ?? 😭😭
— sofia (@l3ss_than_3) January 1, 2023
All of this comes in the face of Cannon’s claims — “Being a father of multiple kids, it’s always the biggest guilt on me is that I don’t get to spend enough time with all my children” — and that he’s “just spread thin” during an appearance on the Paramount+ show, The Checkup with Dr. Agus, last month.
Nick Cannon is currently father to 3 children with Brittany Bell, 3 children with Abby De La Rosa, 11-year-old twins with former wife Mariah Carey, a 5-month-old son with Bre Tiesi, a 3-month-old daughter with LaNisha Cole, and his 2-weeks old daughter with Alyssa Scott.
Why is Nick Cannon’s “My Body, My Choice” Insensitive?
The television personality and talk show host, Nick Cannon, has recently welcomed his 12th child with the birth of Halo Marie Cannon on 14th December 2022, with model Alyssa Scott. Following the celebratory event, The Masked Singer host was asked on the Andy Cohen show if he planned on having a vasectomy anytime soon, and the former’s reply — “My body, my choice” — is being regarded as highly improper, if not insensitive, in the face of the country’s current political climate, especially when it comes to women.
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After the recent overturning of Roe vs. Wade, women have become increasingly vocal about the dangers surrounding the lack of choice when it comes to pregnancy and abortion, and one of the most widely claimed slogans being used during this divisive moment in the U.S. socio-political climate has been the phrase — “my body, my choice”. Cannon’s recent exclamation in Times Square not only seeks to diminish but also mock the core ideal that gave rise to the phrase in the first place.