NASHVILLE _ Country star Jason Aldean dressed as rapper Lil Wayne as a Halloween costume, a representative confirmed after a photo surfaced of him wearing blackface makeup and a wig with dreadlocks.
The picture, first posted by the website NashvilleGab.com, showed Aldean dressed in sunglasses, long dreadlocks and gold jewelry. Tyne Parrish, his publicist, said in an email on Tuesday that Aldean “dressed as rapper Lil Wayne for Halloween,” but refused to comment further. A publicist for Broken Bow Records, his label, said they had no comment.
Representatives for Lil Wayne were not immediately available for comment.
Aldean is one of country music’s most popular performers, regularly selling out stadiums. He was named by the Recording Industry Association of America as the top digital selling male country artist in 2014. His last album, “Old Boots, New Dirt,” was certified platinum.
Aldean recently performed at the Country Music Association Awards, where he was nominated for album of the year. He is also nominated for two awards, favourite male country artist and favourite country album, at the upcoming American Music Awards on Nov. 22.
In 2013, Julianne Hough’s decision to don blackface for Halloween to portray her favourite character from the Netflix show “Orange is the New Black” sparked an uproar and drew an eventual apology from the actress, who said she never intended to hurt anyone.
The Associated Press