A Kentucky pastor is apologizing after his assistant dressed up in blackface to portray Mr. T during a skit at the National Young Fundamentalists Conference last week.
Pastor Jeff Fugate of Clays Mill Road Baptist Church felt the need to clear the air after his helper, Joseph Pickens, wore black makeup during a boxing match skit in which he faced off against someone dressed up as Curly of the Three Stooges.
"I wouldn't offend a black person for the world," Fugate told the Lexington Herald-Leader. "I sure am sorry. Somebody's trying to say I'm a racist, but that's the last thing I am."
Fugate got complaints after Pickens tweeted out a picture of himself as Mr. T. The account that he used to put out the picture has since been deleted.
The conference was attended by about 1,000 students in 7th through 12th grade. According to Fugate, he had no idea that Pickens would be performing in blackface.