King Mango & Will.I.Am Wear Blackface in Shameless Attempt to Resurrect Careers
Critics say the move has set African-Americans and mangos back "1,000 years."
"Will.i.am. wearing blackface!? What a racist!" tweeted fakeart123 during the MTV Video Music Awards, where the Black Eyed Peas member performed in his controversial outfit.
King Mango did not attend the celebrity event. Instead, his faux pas was revealed with the release of buttons for this year's King Mango Strut parade. Event co-founder Glenn Terry says the button merely pokes fun at a current event -- the BP oil spill in the Gulf -- just as in years past.
|The new button for this year's King Mango Strut parade|
It's unclear whether Will.I.Am and King Mango consulted with one another before making their ill-advised publicity stunts. Both have struggled to cope with recent downturns in their careers. Will.I.Am single-handedly won Barack Obama the presidency, only to watch Black Eyed Peas newcomer Fergie get all the attention.
|Will.I.Am and Nicki Minaj at Sunday's Video Music Awards|
More tech-savvy than King Mango, Will.I.Am quickly responded to criticism over his appearance at the MTV awards show, tweeting:
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...While we concede Will.I.Am's point that his outfit caused little harm, his tweets, on the other hand, have easily set the English language back a century or two.
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