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Woman Caught In Racism Scandal After Making Herself Up As Eddie Murphy

Woman Caught In Racism Scandal After Making Herself Up As Eddie Murphy

A make-up artist has planted herself in the middle of an online racism scandal by making herself up to look like Hollywood actor Eddie Murphy.

31-year-old Jenna McDonnell wanted to prove to everyone online that she is a very talented make-up artist after previously transforming herself into characters like Queen Elizabeth II, Michael Jackson, and Sylvester Stallone as Rambo.

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Credit: Wales News
Credit: Wales News

However, this time she might have made the wrong choice after her Eddie Murphy make-up ended up attracting a lot of criticism on social media.

She has been called 'racist' for her actions, which some people see as her adopting 'blackface'. Blackface is a term associated with performers who black themselves up to portray a character that usually negatively reinforces stereotypes of people of colour.

Credit: Wales News
Credit: Wales News

Despite the criticism she has faced, she claims that skin colour 'didn't enter her thoughts' while she was doing the make-up and when she posted the pictures.

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She said: "I felt sick when I saw it. I'm gutted anyone would think of me as racist. I am so, so sorry if it offends anyone I'm the least racist person.

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"It's horrible and I want it to all die down."

She continued: "I just wanted to paint myself as Eddie Murphy that's all. Just like I have been the Queen and Michael Jackson.

"Skin colour didn't even enter my thoughts."

Credit: Wales News
Credit: Wales News

Fans of the Newport make-up artist's work have rushed to her defence against the accusations she has faced.

One supporter posted on her Instagram to say: "Please don't pay any attention to this [sic] bloody idiots! It's like saying because you have highlights your taking the piss out of blonde people!! Absolute joke your amazing at what you do and also the nicest person in the world!"

Back in 2016 Jenna was in the headlines for slightly happier and less controversial reasons. She broke a Guinness World record for the most haircuts performed in a short space of time. After seven and a half hours straight she broke the record with the help of two cans of hairspray and about 180 models.

Credit: Wales News
Credit: Wales News

She eventually did 304 hairstyles in 8 hours and raised thousands of pounds for charity.

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Topics: blackface, News, Make Up, Eddie Murphy, UK, Wales

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]