"Black Eyed Peas' frontman Will.i.am is as well-known for his outrageous costumes as he is for his chart-topping hits.
However, the rapper's get-up during Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards wasn't met with a warm welcome this time around.
The singer, who performed during the VMA pre-show alongside singer Nicki Minaj, outraged many fans when he appeared to be wearing blackface.
In addition to donning black face paint, Will.i.am also wore an all-black leather ensemble, complete with a matching shiny hair piece.
Following his performance, the Twitterverse ran amok, slamming the 35-year-old rapper and comparing his look to 19th century minstrel shows in which white actors performed in theatrical black make-up, which propagated racist stereotypes toward African Americans." [Article]
Maybe I am getting slower as I age, and my racism chasing speed isn't what it used to be, but I am looking at my man's outfit, and it just seems like a futuristic costume for a performance. In fact, it kind of coordinates with what the female rapper is wearing.