Five celebrities who dropped the ‘N’ bomb like Gerry Adams
Pigmently confused Michael Jackson once said, “it don’t matter if you’re black or white”, but Gerry Adams took those lyrics to whole new levels last week when he claimed he doesn’t identify as a white man.
The bizarre remark came after the controversy surrounding the Sinn Féin leader’s unwise use of the N-word in a recent Twitter outburst.
He found himself in the firing line when he tweeted “watching Django Unchained – A Ballymurphy N*****!”, before referring to the main character as “an uppity Fenian”.
Adams, however, isn’t the first person to find himself in hot water for being racially confused.
American Rachel Dolezal hit the headlines back in June 2015 when she was outed for attempting to pass herself off as black.
The former NAACP leader, who claimed she was an African American, sparked an international race debate when it was confirmed she was faking her race and was in fact white.
The 37-year-old mother conceded that she “was biologically born white to white parents”, but identifies as black.
Despite her global success, the Australian rapper has repeatedly been criticised for her ‘blaccent’ with many critics lashing out at the star, accusing her of pretending to be black.
In March 2011, the singer was vilified for the lyrics “runaway slave master” from the track D.R.U.G.S.
Vanilla Ice may want you to believe that he is a bonafide ‘gangsta’, but Robert Winkle actually grew up in an affluent neighbourhood in Dallas.
“It’s not about skin colour. Rap is from the streets and I’m from the streets,” he claimed.
‘Is it coz I is black?’ It’s the most famous catchphrase of spoof character Ali G; Sacha Baron Cohen’s comic creation who openly ridicules white people who want to be black.
He became famous for the ridiculous interview questions he would pose, once asking Buzz Aldrin what it was like to “walk on the sun”.
Despite his initial popularity, some black comedians have accused Ali G of offensive racist behaviour.
There was widespread disbelief when Angelina Jolie took on the role of Mariane Pearl, the wife of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
Though Pearl, a person of African ancestry, spoke out in support of her in the movie A Mighty Heart, the casting was met with fury. Jolie darkened her skin and wore a curly wig for the part.