The Wichita NAACP blog reports that Mell Kuhn, mayor of Arkansas City, KS, appeared last weekend in a beauty pageant fundraiser wearing a blackface drag costume. Appearing at the event to support Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a group helping abused and neglected children in court, Kuhn dressed as a character named “Smellishis Poon.” During the talent portion of the event, he even had backup dancers called his “Red Hot Puntangs.” In an interview on Tuesday with the Arkansas City Traveler, Kuhn defended himself:
All this PC is bullshit. We go around walking on eggshells all the time, we don’t get anything done.
At the fundraiser, Kuhn won awards for “most creative talent” and the overall Ms. CASA 2008. He has insisted he didn’t intend his costume to be “blackface” because he “can’t do a black accent.” Since that time, under pressure from the NAACP and other organizations, Kuhn has apologized for actions.
(HT: Pam’s House Blend)