Will.I.Am performed with Nicki Minaj at the MTV Video Music Awards for their pre-show, donning “blackface”. Some commented that he set African Americans back 200 years, while others didn’t see what the big deal was.
He took to his Twitter account to say this in his own defense:
“1st. just because I where 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.”
Good for him! I couldn’t have said that better myself!