Black Eye Peas front man Will.I.Am is on the defensive today after his black everything costume for his VMA performance with Nicki Minaj outraged some fans.
When Black Eyed Peas bandleader Will.i.am joined Nicki Minaj during the VMA pre-show Sunday, outraged fans slammed the 35-year-old rapper’s for appearing in blackface. “Will.i.am. wearing blackface!? What a racist!” fakeart123 tweeted. Adds TSCMoncton, “Anyone notice that Will.i.am painted himself in blackface? I sure hope there’s some kind of meaning behind a stunt like that.” Blackface — which first gained popularity during the 19th century — typically promotes racist stereotypes toward African Americans. In addition to his face paint, Will.i.am wore head-to-toe black (including a shiny hair piece in the shape of a side-mohawk).
But Will took to twitter after the show and defends his decision to wear the costume.
“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,” he tweeted. “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.”
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