Luann de Lesseps Called 'Tone Deaf' After Issuing an Apology Amid 'Blackface' Controversy

Luann de Lesseps addresses blackface controversy
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Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, but one might want to be careful, as missteps these days can turn into one of the biggest celebrity scandals of all time. Real Housewives of New York City star Luann de Lesseps's "blackface" controversy is causing quite the stir, with the former countess apologizing for her Diana Ross tribute that still has people saying WTF.

  • Luann's interpretation of Diana Ross is a sight you can't unsee and has many accusing the reality star of blackface as her skin looks darker.

    Luann wore this number to a Halloween party months ago that aired on The Real Housewives of New York City's season 10 premiere on April 4. Bethenny Frankel and other cast members -- including costar Carole Radziwill, who criticized de Lesseps's look -- also attended the party.

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  • She apologized for her look on "Watch What Happens Live," saying how "horrified" she is about the backlash.

    "I never meant to hurt anybody's feelings," de Lesseps tells Andy Cohen during the late-night show. "I love Diana Ross and I totally respect Diana Ross. It was really kind of a tribute to her, and it was Halloween."

    As far as the blackface speculation goes, Luann swears she only wore bronzer. "I had bronzer on that I wear normally like the rest of my skin. I'm tan, like right now. So I didn't add anything to or would ever, ever, ever dream of doing a blackface, ever. I'm very sorry to everyone out there if I offended anyone."

  • But the damage is already done, as a number of people are sounding off about the costume.

    YouTube comment about Luann de Lesseps blackface Halloween costume

    Yup, this is going to go down as another controversial Halloween costume.


  • YouTube comment about Luann de Lesseps blackface Halloween costume

    If you can't tell from the reaction, people aren't here for it.


  • And many feel it was a "tone deaf" move.

    YouTube comment in response to Luann de Lesseps blackface costume
  • YouTube comment to Luann de Lesseps blackface costume
  • Others don't see the big deal and don't think Luann was rocking blackface.

    YouTube comment about Luann de Lesseps blackface costume
  • YouTube comments about Luann de Lesseps blackface comments

    Was this just another celebrity accident or oops that doesn't warrant a loss of sleep?


  • And they think it's a "recipe for disaster" if people can't dress up how they want for Halloween because of their race.

    YouTube comment about Luann de Lesseps blackface costume

    This, of course, does not include magnifying racial stereotypes.

  • Is Luann guilty of blackface?


    You'll have to be the judge.

  • Click here to watch Luann de Lesseps's interview on "Watch What Happens Live."

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