MARIAH CAREY's rapper husband NICK CANNON has sparked outrage by changing his skin color in photographs to promote his new album WHITE PEOPLE PARTY MUSIC.
The American Idol 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 humor 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!!"