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In the never-ending, broken record saga of blackface as an art form, Dutch model Lara Stone is the latest white person to dip into the shoe polish.

Stone’s face, arms and legs were painted in dark make-up to resemble what we can all assume to be a black person. French Vogue‘s editor-in-chief Carine Roitfield styled the shoot, and is rumored to be next in line as editor-in-chief at the American Vogue.

Needless to say the photos, taken by Steven Klein, are causing controversy as bloggers and editors speak out against it. Fashion magazine Jezebel said, “What Klein and Roitfeld should know is that painting white people black for the entertainment of other white people is offensive in ways that stand entirely apart from cultural context.”

Can someone call Harry Connick Jr.? and get him to explain the whole blackface thing to French Vogue.

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Harry Connick Jr. appeared as a guest judge on the Australian television show Hey Hey Hey it’s Saturday and spoke out against a shameless blackface performance that was billed as a “tribute” to Michael Jackson by the “Jackson Jive.”

Speaking not as a white American but as an American, Connick expressed his disapproval to the blackface jive saying, “we’ve spent so much time trying to not make black people look like buffoons that when we see something like that, we take it really to heart…”

We can’t figure out what’s more outrageous -that the host apologizes to Connick for offending him (not black people), that the entire Jackson Jive troupe are now (supposedly) highly educated and are doctors, or that Jive did the same routine on the same show 20 years ago AND WON!

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Arkansas City Mayor Mel Kuhn dressed in drag and donned blackface on Sunday for “Men In Tights”, the annual fund raiser sponsored by Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), an agency that supports foster children in the court system.

Kuhn named his character “Smellishis Poon” and even had back-up dancers for the talent show portion of the pageant called the “Red Hot Puntangs.” His performance won top prize as he was crowned Miss CASA 2008.

The Mayor insisted that he was not in blackface but in “tanface” and that the spectacle was “the best way [he] could think of to make as many people laugh as possible and raise money for this charity.”

After a meeting with the NAACP, Kuhn finally realized the error of his ways and issued an apology in a written statement.

“It has been brought to my attention how offensive this was, and I absolutely agree that it was shortsighted of me not to see that in the first place. I am sincerely sorry, and I sincerely apologize for the offensive nature of my actions. This was not CASA, this was of my own volition, and I take full responsibility for my actions. The buck absolutely stops here.” Kuhn said in his statement.

However, the Kansas town Mayor warned that he would rescind the apology if “people wouldn’t accept it.”

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