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Pitman Councilman-Elect Vince Kelly Apologizes For Insensitive Costume


Kelly apologizes; hopes to meet with Pitman Anti-Racist Collective


PITMAN – Councilman-elect Vince Kelly issued the following statement regarding his wearing blackface as part of a Halloween costume.

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“In 2008 I purchased and wore a Flavor Flav costume to a Halloween party where guests were expected to dress as a celebrity. At the time Flavor Flav’s yelling of ‘yeah boy’ made him incredibly popular, wearing the costume was a celebration of his fame.

“Years later I briefly used the picture as a cover photo on my Facebook page during the Halloween season, changed the picture after the season and frankly forgot about it until recent events.

“I do understand that we live in a very different time and today, even as a celebration of one’s fame, I would not even consider wearing a costume that included blackface. I apologize to anyone who may be hurt by my costume choice of years ago and will soon reach out to the Pitman Anti-Racist Collective so we can hopefully schedule a meeting and have some open, honest dialogue.”


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