A recent episode of the Polish TV show "Twoja Twarz Brzmi Znajomo," also known as "Your Face Sounds Familiar," has stirred up quite a bit of controversy. The show is known for featuring contestants who impersonate famous singers. In a recent episode, Polish singer Kuba Szmajkowski chose to impersonate American rapper Kendrick Lamar.
To pull off his impersonation, Szmajkowski wore makeup to darken his skin. He also wore a hairpiece that mimicked cornrows, a hairstyle commonly associated with Kendrick Lamar. To top it off, he performed an uncensored version of Lamar's hit song "Humble," which includes the use of the N-word. The performance was well-received by the show's judges, earning him the win for the episode and a prize of 10,000 Polish Zloty, which is approximately £1,843.
However, the performance didn't sit well with social media users. Many accused both the show and Szmajkowski of perpetuating blackface, a practice that is widely considered to be racially insensitive. The backlash was swift, with comments ranging from questioning the judgment of the show's producers to concerns that this performance could potentially harm Szmajkowski's international career.
It's worth noting that this isn't the first time the show has come under fire for similar reasons. In the past, contestants have also darkened their skin to impersonate other black performers, such as Kanye West and Beyoncé. The recurring incidents raise questions about the show's sensitivity to racial and cultural issues.