Remember Joni Mitchell?
If you were born after 1975, you may not. But, in a recent interview, the 60's folk singer decided to chime in on race in the most bizarre way possible.
“When I see black men sitting, I have a tendency to go — like I nod like I’m a brother,” she said. “I really feel an affinity because I have experienced being a black guy on several occasions.”
The reporter obviously followed up on this and asked Mitchell how she figured that she had ever been a "black guy." Mitchell replied, "“Well, did you ever see the cover of Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter? That's me on the front.”
So, here's the cover of Don Juan's Reckless Daughter:
Joni is the black guy on the left.
Yup. Apparently her experience being a black man involves her wearing blackface!
If she had said she was a black man in a former life, it would be less weird and offensive, but no one has ever accused Mitchell of being a candidate for a MENSA membership.
Hat Tip: Junkee