11 Stars Whose Blackface Blunders Backfired, From Ted Danson to Kylie Jenner (Photos)

These celebrities offer a timely reminder that it’s never OK — so don’t try it


Don’t even think of mimicking these celebrities.

Joni Mitchell  The singer posed in blackface on the cover of her album “Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter” in 1977, and later went on to justify it by saying, “I have experienced being a black guy.”

Ted Danson  The “Cheers” star appeared at a N.Y. Friars Club Roast in 1993 with then-girlfriend Whoopi Goldberg wearing blackface makeup to perform an offensive N-word-filled comedy routine.

Tom Hanks  The Oscar-winning actor came under fire in 2012 when video surfaced of a 2004 school fundraiser featuring Hanks and another man wearing blackface and stereotypical African clothing. Hanks later condemned the bit as “horribly offensive.”

Tyra Banks  The host of “America’s Next Top Model” took heat, as did her show, for a photo shoot in 2009 in which competing models were made to look “biracial.” Styling techniques included the darkening of contestants’ skin.

Paula Deen  Following the epicure’s ouster from the Food Network in the wake of her infamous N-word controversy, Deen posted a photo on Twitter from her show’s 2011 Halloween episode featuring her son, Bobby, dressed as Ricky Ricardo, complete with brownface makeup. 

Beyoncé   The diva took heat for a 2011 L’Officiel Paris cover with an “African Queen” theme for which the pop star’s skin was darkened.

Julianne Hough  The singer/dancer/actress drew criticism over a 2013 Halloween costume for which she donned dark makeup to masquerade as Uzo Aduba’s “Orange Is the New Black” character Crazy Eyes.

Shane Dawson  The YouTuber known for his outrageous characters in 2014 was forced to apologize for the use of blackface in some of his videos, including a parody of talk show host Wendy Williams.

Kylie Jenner   Fans of the reality star jumped all over a photo she posted to her Instagram account from a 2015 shoot, outraged that her skin appeared to be darkened. “This is a black light and neon lights people lets all calm down,” Jenner responded.

Luann de Lesseps   The former countess and “Real Housewives of New York” star apologized for her 2017 Halloween costume as Diana Ross — even though she insisted that she didn’t actually do blackface. “I had bronzer on that I wear normally like the rest of my skin,” she later told Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live.” “So I didn’t add anything to or would ever, ever dream of doing a blackface. Ever.”

Oliver PeckThe longtime “Inkmasters” star announced he was departing the show after an old photo resurfaced of him wearing blackface while portraying an NBA player
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