The head of a Kentucky church is pleading ‘ignorance’ over a ‘blackface boxing match’ skit held during a religious conference this week.
Pastor Jeff Fugate, 49, of Lexington, oversaw the National Young Fundamentalists Conference at his Clay Mills Road Baptist Church, but swore to MailOnline he was unaware of the Friday skit’s contents while profusely apologizing for offending anyone.
Fugate said Pastor’s assistant Joe Pickens donned the blackface to play Mr T, a black teen played the part of a stunt double and that the whole production has been misconstrued.
‘If we did something to offend someone, it was out of ignorance and I apologize,’ Fugate said in one of more than a dozen apologies during his roughly 10 minute conversation with this reporter.
The pastor said that Pickens plays the villain in skits every year and that the skits have never cleared through him before, this year was no different.
‘I apologize if I offended someone, I don’t even know as a pastor what those skits will be,’ he insisted.
The skit, first made public by Christian Nightmares, involved a blackfaced Pickens fighting a man acting as Curly from the ‘Three Stooges,’ Curly won in the end after a crushing uppercut caused the stunt double to backflip unconscious onto the mat.
Source: Daily Mail UK