A white Virginia town councilman came under fire after posting a picture of himself wearing blackface to resemble Eddie Murphy in 'Coming to America' for Halloween.

Warsaw town council member Faron Hamblin said later that he dressed up as fictional black musician Randy Watson from the 1988 romantic film out of 'respect' and 'love,' and that he only wore blackface to 'dress the part.'

Hamblin added that Murphy portrayed a Jewish character in the same movie and nobody seemed to take issue with that, but that he knew Murphy meant no harm.

'Like Eddie, or Dave Chappelle I don't go around walking on eggshells,' he said.

Hamblin, one of seven councilmembers of the northern Virginia town, has since deleted both the original post and the following explanation.

Warsaw town council member Faron Hamblin dressed up as fictional musician Randy Watson from the 1988 romantic film
He said he did it out of 'respect' and 'love,' and that he only wore blackface to 'dress the part.'

Warsaw town council member Faron Hamblin said that he dressed up as fictional musician Randy Watson from the 1988 romantic film out of 'respect' and 'love,' and that he only wore blackface to 'dress the part'

'Like Eddie, or Dave Chappelle I don't go around walking on eggshells,' Hablin said

'Like Eddie, or Dave Chappelle I don't go around walking on eggshells,' Hablin said

Hamblin added that Murphy portrayed a Jewish character in the same movie and nobody seemed to take issue with that, but that he knew Murphy meant no harm. Above, Murphy dressed up as a white Jewish man

Hamblin added that Murphy portrayed a Jewish character in the same movie and nobody seemed to take issue with that, but that he knew Murphy meant no harm. Above, Murphy dressed up as a white Jewish man 

'I went out as the legendary Randy Watson tonight. Give it up for my band Sexual Chocolate,' Hamblin captioned the picture of him wearing a curly wig and a blue suit, news station WWBT reported.

He received almost instant criticism, with people calling him racist and ignorant.

Hamlin then wrote a Facebook post to defend his costume choice.

'Many saw it degrading, which I did not. I did it to show my love for the character and the movie,' he said.

'But since I'm white it's considered by some as offensive to dress as a black person. It's off limits if you're a white person. I think that's ridiculous! Especially when it's done to be a tribute to the character...

'You know I've been called many names. A lot I deserve. None of those names really cut. But today I was called a racist. Yeah that cuts pretty deep,' Hamblin wrote

'You know I've been called many names. A lot I deserve. None of those names really cut. But today I was called a racist. Yeah that cuts pretty deep,' Hamblin wrote 

Hamblin dressed up as Eddie Murphy's Randy Watson from the 1988 romantic film 'Coming to America'

Hamblin dressed up as Eddie Murphy's Randy Watson from the 1988 romantic film 'Coming to America'

Hamblin is one of seven councilmembers in the town of Warsaw, Virginia

Hamblin is one of seven councilmembers in the town of Warsaw, Virginia 

Another Facebook post read: 'You know I've been called many names. A lot I deserve. None of those names really cut. But today I was called a racist. Yeah that cuts pretty deep. I made a post that hurt a lot of folks, and that was not my intention. I try to be a good person and help others regardless of how they are.

The politician then sent an apologetic statement to the Richmond County NAACP, Insider reported.

In the letter, Hamblin said that 'it was in [his] personal best interest and the community's best interest to remove the [Facebook] post in order for all parties involved to move forward and to learn from this incident.'

It also read: 'In both my personal and professional life, I have always been a friend and ally to the black community and will use this as a learning opportunity to move forward a better and more knowledgeable person.' 


In a statement ot the Richmond County NAACP, Hamblin said that 'it was in [his] personal best interest and the community's best interest to remove the [Facebook] post in order for all parties involved to move forward and to learn from this incident.'

In a statement ot the Richmond County NAACP, Hamblin said that 'it was in [his] personal best interest and the community's best interest to remove the [Facebook] post in order for all parties involved to move forward and to learn from this incident.'

Blackface became popular in the 19th century. White performers used dark face makeup and shoe shining to portray stereotypical black characters that were disparagingly lazy and ignorant

Blackface became popular in the 19th century. White performers used dark face makeup and shoe shining to portray stereotypical black characters that were disparagingly lazy and ignorant

In the recent decade, the practice has been recognized as highly offensive, and many celebrities and politicians have received criticism for their use of blackface in the past

In the recent decade, the practice has been recognized as highly offensive, and many celebrities and politicians have received criticism for their use of blackface in the past

Hamblin said in his apology that he wore blackface to 'dress the part'  and resemble Murphy's charachter Randy Watson

Hamblin said in his apology that he wore blackface to 'dress the part'  and resemble Murphy's charachter Randy Watson

Blackface became popular in the 19th century. White performers used dark face makeup and shoe shining to portray stereotypical black characters that were disparagingly lazy and ignorant.

In the recent decade, the practice has been recognized as highly offensive, and many celebrities and politicians have received criticism for their use of blackface in the past.

Another Virginia politician came under fire in 2019 for wearing blackface. Governor Ralph Northam faced calls for resignation after a 1984 picture of him next to a person wearing blackface resurfaced.

Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman, Ted Danson, Robert Downey Jr, and Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are among others who have been called out for wearing blackface or dark makeup to resemble other ethnicities.

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