People are getting their Twitter on about Nicki Minaj’s VMA pre-show performance, and no, it’s not due to Nicki’s Jane Jetson-meets-S&M superhero costume. It’s Minaj’s co-performer Will.i.am who has Twitter users’ undies in a twist, some of whom are calling Willi.i.am’s jet-black VMA make-up “black face.” Not that he’s taking it sitting down, mind you.
Tweeted Will.i.am in response to the accusations, “1st. just because I where all black including head mask as expression and emphasize my outfit, it shouldn’t be looked at as racial…” Continued the singer, “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” See, we thought it was pretty clear that Will’s outfit was a statement about time-traveling scuba diplomat ninjas. But then again, everyone’s entitled to their own opinion.
Will.i.am even took the time to respond individually to a particularly vicious tweet: “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.” We should hope none of the Black Eyed Peas have the power to set the African-American community back 100 years, especially with one bizarre, probably very sweaty costume. If any of them can do that then we as a society seriously need to check ourselves before we wreck ourselves.
So what do you think? Was Will.i.am’s costume offensive, or is it just distracting us from more important things, like Nicki’s (not excellent) dance skills?
Also, stay tuned for a video recap of all the people that we spoke to on the VMA Red Carpet last night!
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