Celebrities in Blackface

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  • Robert Downey, Jr.
  • John Slattery
  • Judy Garland
  • Tommy Davidson
  • Ted Danson
  • Dan Aykroyd
  • Bert Williams
  • Billy Crystal
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • Sarah Silverman

John Slattery in Mad Men

One of television's most controversial shows crossed a truly uncomfortable line when it put cavalier ad man Roger Sterling in blackface for the episode "My Old Kentucky Home." Though actor John Slattery described the scene as "horrible" to shoot, he agreed to do it because it was "so commonplace" during the 1960s, the era in which Mad Men is set.

(Photo: Mad Men via AMC)

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