Sandisiwe Mbhele
Lifestyle Journalist
2 minute read
17 Mar 2021
3:31 pm

Bulgarian artist faces huge backlash for ‘blackface’ makeup

Sandisiwe Mbhele

Mxiaela Marinova is being accused of blackface after using makeup and prosthetics to look like Nomcebo Zikode.

Mxiaela Marinova after using makeup and prosthetics to look like Nomcebo Zikode. Picture: Screengrab, Instagram

Viewers of a European music competition are wondering how is blackface still a thing in 2021?

The Bulgarian singing competition, Kato Abe Kankm Boaa (Като две капки вода) , translated to “Like two drops of water” tasks contestants with imitating famous international artists and performing their hit songs.

Mixela Marinova was given the task of imitating Nomcebo Zikode for the massive hit song Jerusalema with Master KG.

While Marinova not only sang Jerusalema she took this to a another level by wearing prosthetics and makeup to look like Nomcebo. Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams shared her disgust at the singer deciding to impersonate her using blackface.

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The show seemed unaware of a backlash, especially the historical background of blackface used in plays and movies by white actors to demean blackness.

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This did not stop them from sharing images of Marinova to promote the episode.

Woman accused of blackface of Nomcebo Zikode

A Bulgarian singing competition has come under fire after an artist donned blackface to perform as Nomcebo Zikode. Picture: Screenbrag

Seen as tone deaf, people streamed the comments section of their Instagram pages, despite limiting the comments on the posts they shared. Reality star Porsha’s fans were also quick to share their opinions and disbelief at the effort taken to pull off this blackface.

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People flood a Bulgarian singing competition after one of their contestants does blackface as Nomcebo Ziokde. Picture: Screengrab

Russian show get tons of comments over Nomcebo blackface

Comments flood on a Bulgarian singing competition after one of their contestants does blackface as Nomcebo Ziokde. Picture: Screengrab

 

Porsha Williams follower comment on Nomcebo

Porsha Williams followers comment. Picture: Screengrab

 

 

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