Nick Cannon has sparked a heated debate online when he posted photos and videos of himself in whiteface.

It's part of the comedian's promotion of his new album, White People Party Music, which hits stores on April 1st.

The caption on the first photo -- in which he wears whiteface makeup and has blond hair, reads, "It's official... I'm White!!! #WHITEPEOPLEPARTYMUSIC #Wppm in stores April 1st!!!!!!Dude Go Get It!!! Join The Party!!!! #GoodCredit #DogKissing #BeerPong #FarmersMarkets #FistPumping #CreamCheeseEating #RacialDraft "Bro I got drafted!!"

The name of his Caucasian skater dude persona is Connor Smallnut.

As you may have expected, the stunt has caused a huge backlash -- with people calling the America's Got Talent host "racist," "ignorant" and "hypocritical." He has had his defenders, though, who call his act "hilarious."

Nick defended his actions on Twitter: