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Hanks' Blackface Skit Defense? 'I Was Blindsided'

Hanks' Blackface Skit Defense? 'I Was Blindsided'

It took Tom Hanks less than 24 hours to respond to an ugly video taken back in 2004.

The Oscar-winning actor attended a fundraiser that year in which he and fellow celebrity Glenn Frey of The Eagles fame shared the stage with a white man dressed in black face. Frey and Hanks engaged in racial jokes without condemning the man’s appearance. The Daily Caller published the video clip earlier today, and Hanks sent a written statement to the site a few hours later trying to clarify his behavior that day.

I was blindsided when one of the parents got up on the stage in a costume that was hideously offensive then and is hideously offensive now,” Hanks’ said in a statement provided by his New York City publicist. “What is usually a night of food and drink for a good cause was, regrettably, marred by an appalling few moments,” said Hanks, who is a prominent supporter of President Barack Obama.

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