Coming from a long line of “community activists,” Nick Cannon says in a new interview that it’s important all his fans vote for president. However, he also says in the same interview that he won’t be voting for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton … or voting at all.
“I don’t like the pageantry,” insists the “America’s Got Talent” host. “It’s a popularity contest.”
In the Monday (July 25) interview with Access Hollywood, Cannon explains his thoughts on being a community leader. “I was taught to be a pillar, and if you are a true leader in your community you’ve got to stand up and speak up,” says Cannon. “I come from a long line of ministers and community activists, so this is just something that was always in my life.”
But according to the “Drumline” star, his activism stops with any input towards who will be the next person to sit in the Oval Office; instead, he’ll only focus on smaller races. “I will definitely be voting in my local election,” he explains. “The pageantry of the presidency, I am not really for that. I feel like local government is the most important government specifically to our community.”
Oddly enough, Cannon then goes on to encourage others to not follow his example — then seems to explain why his own train of thought is incorrect. “I encourage everyone to vote,” he says. “[There are] a lot of people who died and fought for the right for us to vote.”
Cannon also ties many of his thoughts regarding the upcoming election to the Black Lives Matter movement, while claiming that whether the Republican or Democratic nominee wins, it won’t change anything.
“No one ever said ‘only black lives matter;’ [the movement is] a cry out for help, we’re saying ‘black lives matter too.’ People are always saying ‘I’m mad and tired of hearing about this ‘black lives matter,’ well we’re mad that we have to keep saying it,” explains Cannon, who recently protested outside the Republican National Convention.
“No matter who the president is, it’s still going to be 14-year-olds in disenfranchised communities doing things with weapons and drugs that they shouldn’t be doing.”