Virginia music promoter facing heat for blackface costume

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Posted: Nov 01, 2016 5:40 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A music promoter in Virginia is facing backlash on social media for dressing in blackface as part of his Halloween costume over the weekend.

Multiple news outlets report that Chris Bopst apologized for his actions after posting a photo of himself on Facebook on Saturday dressed in blackface with a red bow on his head with the caption "I am pretty."

He took the photo at a Halloween party at Richmond's Balliceaux restaurant, where he booked music. He has since resigned.

Bopst said in a Facebook post Monday he wore the costume to be thought-provoking and funny but has since realized that the costume was in poor taste.

On its Facebook page, Balliceaux apologized for what happened, saying the costume went unnoticed "due to dim lighting and a busy atmosphere."