Polish talent show contestant impersonates Drake in blackface

A contestant on a Polish talent show titled Twoja Twarz Brzmi Znajomo has gone viral for all the wrong reasons.

Polish musician Bogumil (Boogie) Romanowski used blackface to portray Drake during his performance of Hotline Bling.

His offensive impersonation of the Toronto hip-hop star won and he walked away with a 10,000 złoty cash prize (roughly $3,476.45 Canadian) to be given to the charity of his choice.

The premise of the show, whose title could be translated as “Your Face Sounds Familiar,” sees Polish celebrities impersonate other music stars.

The producers of the show posted several photos of the contestant in blackface to the show’s Instagram page.


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Bogumill has yet to acknowledge his use of blackface on the show.

Many people on social media were outraged by the performance and use of blackface, despite some excuses that blackface is an “American” taboo.

Some were pointing to the fact that Drake had previously used blackface himself.

In May, Drake claimed rival rapper Pusha T used a blackface photo of the Hotline Bling singer out of context.

Pusha T released The Story of Adidon and the artwork featured Drake in blackface.

Drake posted on his Instagram stories that the image was not from a clothing brand shoot or his music career.

Drake said the picture was from 2007, when he was an actor working on a project that was about young black actors struggling to get roles. He said the photo represented how blacks were once “wrongfully portrayed in entertainment.”

Drake has not addressed the Polish talent show as of this writing.

—With files from the Associated Press

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