Celebrities in Blackface

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

Ted Danson at Friar's Club Roast in New York City

He may have gotten Whoopi Goldberg to laugh, but other audience members at the 1993 Friar's Club Roast were offended when he performed in full blackface. While the event is meant to be no-holds-barred, Montell Williams was among the many who believed Danson went way too far. "I couldn't tell if I was at a roast or at a KKK rally," he later wrote in a letter to the organization. Danson, for his part, did apologize for the tone-deaf performance.

(Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage)

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