BROOKLYN: Crackpot Anti-Gay Assemblyman Dov Hikind Dons Blackface
latest bit of assholery.
Assemblyman Dov Hikind donned a blackface costume yesterday at his blowout Purim party and defended the outrageous getup as a harmless “basketball” look. The joyous Jewish celebration of Purim can often involve Halloween-type costumes and Hikind didn’t spare any detail in his curious retro look. He wore brown face paint, sunglasses, an Afro wig and an orange jersey. “I was just, I think, I was trying to emulate, you know, maybe some of these basketball players. Someone gave me a uniform, someone gave me the hair of the actual, you know, sort of a black basketball player,” Hikind told the political news Web site Politicker.Hikind says he cannot imagine how anybody would find his costume inappropriate, insensitive, racist, or just plain in poor taste. All four! (Tipped by JMG reader Little David)
PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: During New York state's 2011 marriage equality debate in the Assembly, Hikind brandished a photograph of Lady Gaga and declared that if marriage passes, "We should take the Torah and throw it in the garbage." In 2010 Hikind attempted to have gay victims of the Holocaust stricken from a planned memorial in his home district because seeing that homosexuals were murdered by the Nazis "diminishes the memory" of the Jews that were also slaughtered.
UPDATE: This afternoon NYC media outlets besieged Hikind's Brooklyn home, where he non-apologized "if people were offended." Hikind also revealed that he is reconsidering his plan to dress as a Native American for next year's Purim. Seriously.