Former reality television bad girl Alexis Haines (née Neiers) surprised Desus & Miro writer Ziwe Fumudoh this week by admitting to having worn blackface during a conversation about racism on Instagram Live.
When asked by Fumodoh if she had ever worn blackface, the Pretty Wild star didn't hesitate before giving an affirmative answer, catching the former off guard.
Haines, 29, elaborated, "Pre-Pretty Wild, when I was working as a backup dancer in music videos for heroin money, I showed up to do a Marilyn Manson music video [for 2009's 'Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon'] and they dressed us in American flag bikinis with Mickey Mouse ears on with blackface."
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"I don't know what's worse," she added, "the fact that it was blackface and I know now what that is, or the fact that at the time I was so freaking ignorant [that] I didn't know what blackface was."
i asked alexis neiers if she had ever worn blackface and i was surprised by her honesty pic.twitter.com/HBHCMWrAJJ— ziwe (@ziwe) August 11, 2020
This wouldn't be the first time the blackface Mickey concept figured into Manson's imagery. It was first introduced in the cover photoshoot for his 2003 album The Golden Age of Grotesque; on the supporting Grotesk Burlesk Tour, Manson would don the ears and makeup while performing at a podium emblazoned with a logo styled after the Nazi Eagle.