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Nick Cannon stirred up controversy on Monday when he posted a photo of himself in whiteface on Instagram.

Cannon's photo was to promote White People Party Music, his first album in 11 years, which is being released on April 1.

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It did not take long for the photo to elicit strong reactions online, at which time the husband of Mariah Carey took to Twitter to defend himself.

What do you think of Cannon's photo? Is it all a big elaborate April Fool's Day joke?