It seems like every year a clueless white celebrity puts on blackface in celebration of Halloween and then profusely apologizes with claims of meaning no harm.
Just when it seemed that we got past Halloween 2015 with no such incidents, news surfaced to the contrary.
A picture first posted to NashvilleGab.com began circulating on social media of a man, revealed to be country music superstar Jason Aldean, dressed as rapper Lil Wayne in blackface, fake dreadlocks and gold jewelry.
Aldean is a top popular country music artist. He was named by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as the top digital-selling male country artist for 2014 and his latest album, Old Boots, New Dirt, was certified platinum. He was also nominated for Album of the Year at the recent CMA Awards, but lost to Chris Stapleton and his number one album, Travelier.
In 2013, “Dancing With The Stars” judge Julianne Hough faced huge blacklash when she put on blackface while dressing as the character Crazy Eyes from Netflix’s Orange is the New Black before immediately apologizing.
“I am a huge fan of the show Orange is the New Black, actress Uzo Aduba, and the character she has created,” Hough wrote on Twitter. “It certainly was never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way. I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize.”
Thus far, neither Aldean nor Lil Wayne have issued a comment on the matter.