KY Pastor Apologizes for Blackface Skit at Church

By Associated Press | 

LEXINGTON, KY (AP) -- A pastor in Lexington is apologizing for a skit that featured a white church member performing in blackface.

Joseph Pickens

Pastor Jeff Fugate of Clays Mill Road Baptist Church says he received several complaints about the skit last week.

Fugate told the Lexington Herald-Leader he was not aware the church member, his assistant Joseph Pickens, would be wearing black makeup on his face. Pickens was dressed as Mr. T for a boxing match skit. He says that part of the skit was put on "innocently or in ignorance."

A YouTube video showing the skit appeared on a blog and was later shared on social media.

The skits were part of the National Young Fundamentalists Conference held Wednesday through Friday at the church.

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