Tuesday, 14 September 2010

will.i.am defends 'blackface' VMAs outfit ...

Rapper will.i.am has defended his "blacked-up" appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, insisting there was no "racial" motivation behind his outfit. 

The Black Eyed Peas star provoked a storm of criticism after he was photographed at the event in Los Angeles sporting a tight black leather costume and with black make-up smeared on his face.
Within hours, critics were lining up on Twitter.com to slam will.i.am for his "blackface" appearance, with some even accusing him of racism.

But the rapper has now hit back, insisting there are bigger problems in the world than "a black man wearing all black".

Responding to criticisms on his own Twitter page, he writes, "1st. just because I where (sic) all black including head mask as expression and emphasize my outfit, it shouldn't be looked at as racial... Let go of the past. There are far more important things 2 bark about. (Jobs, health, education) not a black man wearing all black everything.

"Are you guys serious? My outfit set 'black people back 100 yrs' choose your twits wisely. No education sets people back, no jobs, bad health."

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