People Are FUMING Over This MUA's Blackface "#Slave" Makeup Tutorial

28 September 2017, 11:43 | Updated: 15 November 2018, 15:04

MUA wearing blackface
Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

Aaaaand her excuse basically makes no sense.

An Instanbul-based makeup artist is catching some serious heat online after posting a photo of herself in blackface and calling it her "black beauty transformation". 

Percem Akin

via Instagram/percemakin

Percem Akin posted a photo (and a now-deleted YouTube video) of herself wearing dark makeup, facial scars, and a headscarf to complete a very specific "look".

Say it with me, guys. "Blackface is NOT okay--especially not in 20-freaking-17".  

The layers of insensitivity have not been lost on the internet masses. Many have noted that the MUA used the hashtag "slave" in the Instagram photo's description. 

We're hoping Percem realises that slaves weren't too concerned about whether their eyebrows were filled in before going out to do free labour for their oppressors. Slavery is a traumatic cultural stain on our history, the implications of which are still felt today. Playing dress up and glamorising being "owned" as property is never okay. 

Percem told the Independent that the whole situation is a misunderstanding. 

"This is just a movie character, and the movie which is directed by some poor students in my country, Turkey."

"We are not living in America or Africa, in my country finding a black model is so difficult, and they (directors) created a character for this movie and I made this." 

Percem has made her Instagram private following the backlash, but her YouTube channel showcasing her special effects work remains active.