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When will they learn? Footy player sparks outrage after blackface appearance as Kanye West at club function – complete with Kim Kardashian and baby Saint

  • Adelaide football player attended his club’s fundraising gala in blackface 
  • He dressed up as Kanye West, while his partner wore a Kim Kardashian costume 
  • West Adelaide Football Club has issued an apology after photos went online
  • A board member claims there was no malicious intent, only lack of awareness

A footy player has sparked outrage after he attended a charity gala in blackface.

The West Adelaide player attended his club’s annual fundraiser dressed as US pop star Kanye West, while his partner sported a Kim Kardashian costume.

The West Adelaide Football Club issued an apology after the picture ended up on their Facebook page in an album showcasing costumes from the iconic couples-themed event.

The West Adelaide player attended his club’s annual fundraiser dressed as US pop star Kanye West, while his partner sported a Kim Kardashian costume

WAFC chief executive David Grenvold said concerns were raised with the player when he arrived at the venue, but he was allowed to stay and not required to change out of the costume.

‘Yes, look, it was inappropriate and not something the club supports. There was absolutely some comments about maybe that is inappropriate,’ Mr Grenvold said. 

The unnamed player wore a plain white t-shirt with tight denim jeans and a gold chain, and painted his face black for the occasion.

The Kardashian look-a-like wore Kim’s standard neutral tones, with a long blonde wig and white baseball cap.

WAFC chief executive David Grenvold (pictured) said concerns were raised with the player when he arrived at the venue

WAFC chief executive David Grenvold (pictured) said concerns were raised with the player when he arrived at the venue

She also held a baby doll in her arms – perhaps imitating one of the couple’s children, Saint. 

West Adelaide board member and African community spokesperson Joseph Masika said the insensitive move went against the club’s culture, Seven News reported.

However, he said he did not believe there was any malicious intent behind the costume. 

‘It was something which would raise my eyebrows but as I said I believe it was an innocent act because of lack of awareness,’ he said.

In response to backlash the club has promised to provide an information session for all players. 

The photo has since been removed from the club’s Facebook page. 

West Adelaide board member and African community spokesperson Joseph Masika said the insensitive move went against the club's culture (stock image)

West Adelaide board member and African community spokesperson Joseph Masika said the insensitive move went against the club’s culture (stock image)

 

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