Mariah Carey's rapper husband Nick Cannon has sparked outrage by changing his skin colour in photographs released to promote 'White PEOPLE Party MUSIC' - his new album.
The America's Got Talent host has created a new character, dubbed Connor Smallnut, to promote the record, and he shared pictures of himself wearing a wig and special make-up to make his skin look white in photos as his new alter-ego.
Cannon posted a number of the snaps on Instagram.com along with a picture of actor Robert Downey, Jr. in movie Tropic Thunder, in which his character is made-up to look black, with the caption, "Shout out to RobertDowneyJr This is one of my favorite characters of all time! Hilarious!!! There is a big difference between humour and hatred".
The pictures have sparked outrage among a number of fans, who have blasted the star on Twitter.com, but Cannon has brushed off the criticism, adding in a post on the social networking website, "It's funny how people take themselves so seriously. People love drama! We feed off of it (sic). Just relax and have fun!!"