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Will.i.am Defends 'Blackface' VMAs Costume (VIDEO)

09/13/2010 09:46 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Will.i.am is defending the black makeup he wore to the VMAs Sunday night, insisting there is nothing "racial" about it.

Fans slammed the rapper over Twitter after he wore the black-on-black costume for his pre-show performance with Nicki Minaj.

"1st. just because I where all black including head mask as expression and emphasize my outfit, it shouldn't be looked at as racial..." he tweeted back. "Let go of the past. there are far more important things 2 bark about. (Jobs, health, education) not a black man wearing all black everything."

A few hours later Will.i.am was back on Twitter defending himself again.

"Are you guys serious? my outfit set "black people back 100 yrs" choose your twits wisely. no education sets people back, no jobs, bad health," he wrote.

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