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Local Candidate Defends Going Blackface as Tiger Woods

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A white political candidate in Louisiana is under fire attending a costume party as Tiger Woods. Yes, the Tiger Woods, a golfer with mixed African and Asian ancestry. That guy.

The Louisiana Hayride recently obtained a photo of Robbie Gatti covered in black makeup and wearing a big, big grin at a Halloween party. It’s pretty bad timing since he’s running for the vacated District 8 seat in the state House of Representatives. That image is now making its way through social media.

Gatti, a Republican, actually says the picture is of him, but argues this is part of smear campaign.

“15 years ago, my church held a fall festival, where all the volunteers were told to dress as a famous person,” he said in a Facebook post published Monday. “Tiger Woods was at the height of his popularity, as a world champion, and that was who I was dressed as.” He said his political opponents took a “good night at church and turned it into negative, political mud.”

[image via Facebook]

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