Noel Fielding accused of ‘doing blackface’ in new artwork

The piece is called ‘Black Borg’ and is on sale now for £800.

Noel Fielding
Noel Fielding

Fans have expressed their disappointment after a piece of artwork showing Noel Fielding as a “black Björn Borg” went on sale.

Titled ‘Black Borg’, the limited edition print is being sold by Hooligan Art Dealer. It shows Fielding’s face and neck covered in black paint as he wears a Björn Borg-style wig. According to The Sun, it is being sold for £800.

On Twitter, Fielding has been accused of “doing blackface”, and called “a let down” and a “disappointment”.

Well that’s both disappointing and unacceptable @noelfielding11 what are you doing? 😐😐https://t.co/jztHjtfqWR

— Alix Isabella 🍓 (@alixisabella_) April 13, 2017

noel fielding – let down; cancelled

— t i a 💀 (@TIACANTSURF) April 13, 2017

Why has Noel fielding gone and done blackface for fucks sake

— Em (@Meaningofs0ul) April 13, 2017

RIP Noel fielding https://t.co/MDfWi5ezQO

— Corrine (@corrinuzz) April 13, 2017

However, The Sun reports that a source close to Fielding has defended the artwork, insisting it is a harmless throwback from his BBC sketch show Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy.

The source is quoted as saying: “There are characters in Noel’s Luxury Comedy that are painted green, painted yellow, painted orange and painted black. This is a picture that is a still from that – it’s not blacking up – or anything like that. It’s a character that sits alongside many others of many different colours. It’s just a character and nothing else.”

In March it was announced that Fielding will be co-hosting the new series of Great British Bake Off on Channel 4. Mary Berry later said she doesn’t know who he is.

Fielding also appears in Kasabian’s latest music video for ‘You’re In Love With A Psycho’, which has been called “damaging” by a mental health charity.

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