Beyonce in Blackface: Artistic or Awful?

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Featured in the 90th anniversary edition of French fashion magazine L'Officiel Paris, Beyonce finds herself at the center of a new controversy.

The singer/actress poses for the publication in African-inspired dresses and jewelry, honoring that region's artistic influences around the globe. But she also paints her face black, a move that has been met by criticism. In response, the magazine has released a statement that reads:

"The designs are all reflective of the African influence on fashion this season. As for the artistic make-up, the inspiration came from several African rituals during which paint is used on the face. We find the images beautiful and inspiring."

Watch the following, behind-the-scenes video of the pictorial and then give your opinion on the scandal below.

What do you think? Beyonce in blackface is...

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Hats off to LoLo and Kawbena! Totally agree with you! It is degrading to af.am.ppl. And only used as a way to make money and increase mag sales. No consideration given to how ones feelings could be hurt and one feel disrespected. It would not be acceptable for a white singer, actress, etc. To do blackface either. There should be no double standard just because it's beyonce.

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she looks HORRIBLE & the fact that she performed for $ for Kadafi makes me not want to support anything she does. Used to be a fan, but she doesn't need the $ and performing for him is a disgusting thing to do. That goes for Usher, Jon Bon Jovi & Mariah Carey who did it too.

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f*ck dis, she looks like a corpes

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