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In an interview with “Access Hollywood Live” on Monday morning, Nick Cannon opened up about a number of hot-button topics, including his frustration with critics of the Black Lives Matter movement as well as why he’s not voting in the presidential election.
The “America’s Got Talent” host succinctly took on people who criticize the movement: “No one ever said only ‘black lives matter.’” Cannon dismissed the negative perception of the Black Lives Matter movement, clarifying that just because you think black lives matter doesn’t mean you think other lives don’t.
“It’s a cry out for help, we are saying Black Lives Matter, too,” Cannon said to guest co-hosts Niecy Nash and Nina Parker. “People always say ‘I am mad and tired about hearing about Black Lives Matter.’ We’re mad that we have to keep saying it. It is ultimately trying to drive attention towards the issue. It’s a problem about social injustice and criminal injustice.”
Cannon also dished on his plans for this year’s upcoming presidential election, which the actor is reluctant to participate in.
“I will definitely be voting in my local election. The pageantry of the presidency, I am not really for that,” he said. “I feel that local government is specific to our community. A lot of people get up there and argue and debate about Hillary or Donald Trump and then you ask them who their city councilman is, and they say ‘I don’t know’.”
Despite his personal decision not to vote, Cannon encourages everyone to exercise their right to vote.
“There is lot of people that died and fought for the right to vote. Me personally, I don’t like the pageantry of it, it’s a popularity contest,” he added.