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“The View” co-host Joy Behar attended a Halloween party dressed as a “beautiful African woman” during the 1970s, which included darkening her face with makeup, the host said in a 2016 episode of the daytime talk show.

“That is me. I was 29. It was a Halloween party, I went as a beautiful African woman. That’s my hair,” Behar said. “I had makeup that was a little bit darker than my skin, but that’s my actual hair, though.”

Given her current age of 76, the party can be dated to roughly 1972.

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“You mean blackface,” fellow co-host Raven-Symoné responded, though she later said she “loved” how Behar looked.

The show ran a photo of Behar in the outfit, causing Symoné to audibly gasp at the image.

“Joy, are you my auntie, Joy?” Symoné said. “She looks black.”

The moment was reported by Jezebel at the time, but had largely been lost from people’s memories since. The discussion on set was precipitated after Behar brought up this 2016 New York Times op-ed lauding the benefits of naturally curly hair.

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Reps for The View at ABC did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

Issues of blackface have dominated the national discussion after revelations that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and the state’s Attorney General Mark Herring both wore blackface decades ago.

A photo of a man in blackface with another dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan appeared on Northam’s old medical school yearbook page last week precipitating a statewide crisis. The governor has offered shifting explanations about whether he is in the image.

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    Don’t even think of mimicking these celebrities.



  • Joni Mitchell 

    The singer posed in blackface on the cover of her album “Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter” in 1977, and later went on to justify it by saying, “I have experienced being a black guy.”



  • Ted Danson 

    The “Cheers” star appeared at a N.Y. Friars Club Roast in 1993 with then-girlfriend Whoopi Goldberg wearing blackface makeup to perform an offensive N-word-filled comedy routine.



  • Tom Hanks  

    The Oscar-winning actor came under fire in 2012 when video surfaced of a 2004 school fundraiser featuring Hanks and another man wearing blackface and stereotypical African clothing. Hanks later condemned the bit as “horribly offensive.”



  • Tyra Banks  

    The host of “America’s Next Top Model” took heat, as did her show, for a photo shoot in 2009 in which competing models were made to look “biracial.” Styling techniques included the darkening of contestants’ skin.



  • Paula Deen 

    Following the epicure’s ouster from the Food Network in the wake of her infamous N-word controversy, Deen posted a photo on Twitter from her show’s 2011 Halloween episode featuring her son, Bobby, dressed as Ricky Ricardo, complete with brownface makeup. 



  • Beyoncé  

    The diva took heat for a 2011 L’Officiel Paris cover with an “African Queen” theme for which the pop star’s skin was darkened.



  • Julianne Hough  

    The singer/dancer/actress drew criticism over a 2013 Halloween costume for which she donned dark makeup to masquerade as Uzo Aduba’s “Orange Is the New Black” character Crazy Eyes.



  • Shane Dawson

      

    The YouTuber known for his outrageous characters in 2014 was forced to apologize for the use of blackface in some of his videos, including a parody of talk show host Wendy Williams.



  • Kylie Jenner  

    Fans of the reality star jumped all over a photo she posted to her Instagram account from a 2015 shoot, outraged that her skin appeared to be darkened. “This is a black light and neon lights people lets all calm down,” Jenner responded.



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    Luann de Lesseps  

    The former countess and “Real Housewives of New York” star apologized for her 2017 Halloween costume as Diana Ross — even though she insisted that she didn’t actually do blackface. “I had bronzer on that I wear normally like the rest of my skin,” she later told Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live.” “So I didn’t add anything to or would ever, ever dream of doing a blackface. Ever.”


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