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Mark Wright has faced backlash after dressing up as American rapper 6ix9ine, who was charged in 2015 for the use of a child in a sexual performance.
Wright shared a photo to his Instagram, wearing a Halloween outfit inspired by 6ix9ine's look in his 2020 music video 'Gooba'.
The rapper, real name Daniel Hernandez, pleaded guilty to a felony count of use of a child in a sexual performance in 2015.
He was charged with three counts of the offence after appearing in a video in which a 13-year-old was seen in engaged in a sexually explicit act. Hernandez was 18 at the time of the incident.
Hernandez initially struck a plea bargain, but violated its terms after being arrested twice afterwards.
In 2018, Hernandez was sentenced to four years probation in relation to the case, though he was not obliged to register as a sex offender.
Wright's fancy dress outfit didn't go down well with a large chunk of his followers, who reacted furiously to the post.
Several of the comments referenced Tekashi 6ix9ine's conviction over the use of a child in a sexual performance.
The 34-year-old disabled comments on the photo, which was captioned "Happy Halloween @6ix9ine", before going on to delete the post altogether.
One of the original comments on the photo read: "Dressing up as someone as disgusting as this guy... Deffo calls for an unfollow."
Others echoed a similar feeling, one stating: "Mark, you've got it all wrong" while another said: "Of all the people to dress up as."
The backlash continued on Twitter, with one user writing: "Turning his comments off on Instagram because he's knows going as a 69 for Halloween is just wrong."
Really @MarkWright_ #halloween2021 #wrong #whatwereyouthinking pic.twitter.com/p9wcZOFRlG
- Steph (@Stephiec23) October 30, 2021
Another said: "Feel like this is a massive own goal by Mark Wright."
Another tweet shared a screengrab of the post with the hashtags 'wrong' and 'what were you thinking'.
In a statement via his representatives, Mark Wright said: "My apologies for last night's Halloween picture. I only knew about Tekashi69's music and not about his offences.
"Had I known, it would not have been my choice of costume."