In a performance with rising rap star Nicki Minaj, will.i.am appeared in an all black leather outfit with a dash of pink on his sash across his arms. He also wore a plastic cap with a pink stripe. Oh yeah, and he also painted his face black.
Yep, an African American painted his face black. And some how it caused people to be upset.
Many took to Twitter to express their outrage over will.i.am's action, but he tweeted back in defense of himself. "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 [sic]."
For once, I think I actually agree with will.i.am. I don't believe his actions were intended to be racist, it was just part of the outfit. This is another case of super sensitivity and it's not that big a deal. Will was right. We do have more important things to bark about. Like his horrible music. There should definitely be protests over that.