Georgia Harrison has backed her claims to blackface in recently surfaced images.
The British reality star, 24, is currently appearing in the American reality series The Challenge, but fans of the MTV series went to the production company for casting Georgia after images of the star posing with her black-painted face appeared.
However, Georgia has since told MailOnline that the photo was taken at a children's party when it was painted as a cowboy and was in no way intended to cause offense or damage.
Not in blackface: Georgia Harrison has turned back on claims she has blackface in recently resurfaced images, revealing that she had a child paint her face at a party
A spokesperson for the finalist of The Challenge told MailOnline that she allowed the birthday girl to paint her face and stated: & Georgia let the birthday choose what she had done and that was it.
& # 39; The little boy asked that her face be painted black and then asked for a mustache like a cowboy.
& # 39; Georgia never found it offensive or had no negative connotations.
& # 39; Georgia wants to publicly apologize for the pain it has caused by this old photo and will learn from the situation. & # 39;
Backlash: The British reality star, 24, is currently appearing in the American reality series The Challenge, but fans of the MTV series are touching the production company to cast its
Finished appearance: Georgia has since told MailOnline that the photo was taken at a children's party when it was painted as a cowboy
The image – taken in 2014 – surfaced online last week and left the fans of The Challenge shocked and appalled.
Blackface is a form of theatrical makeup that is mainly used by non-black artists to represent a caricature of a black person.
Performing art gained popularity in the 19th century, but is now widely regarded as offensive and unsavory.
After the image reappeared, indignant fans placed: & # 39; Georgia was really here with a black face & # 39 ;; & # 39; Wow Georgia. This is disgusting and out of control. And to think that this is not the only time you have done Blackface. SMH. & # 39;
& # 39; Also it is nowhere to say whether this is acceptable or not. It is extremely offensive and someone has to take responsibility & # 39 ;; & # 39; Can we all stop stretching out the truth by saying so and so is a racist (if they are not) and can we focus on the real issue that Georgia wears several times black face. You all reduce the meaning of the word by falsely accusing others of defending your favorites
& # 39; georgia was really 19 years old and did blackface …. girl & # 39 ;; & # 39; Georgia REALLY should have known better. I don't know if she had malicious intentions. But she definitely did not know that Blackface is not cool. & # 39;
Verbolgen: the picture – taken in 2014 – surfaced online last week and left the Challenge fans shocked and appalled when they chastised MTV for casting her
However, several fans quickly jumped in her defense, including her Love Island co-star Theo Campbell.
He wrote: & # 39; I wouldn't say anything because the BS is for me. But remember, loveisland is 10x bigger than the challenge in the US. If someone thought she was racist, it would already have been picked up. @georgiaharisonx doesn't film, so can't tell us who she was
& # 39; She is one of the largest professional LBGT people, she is all about equality and is one of the least racist people you will ever encounter. So leave it out. Look at the casual life that other challengers are trying to cover her name because they couldn't get along with her … & # 39;
Speaking: several fans were quick in her defense, but also her The Challenge co-stars Theo Campbell, Rogan O & Connor and Josh Martinez
Screen sensation: Georgia first became known in 2014 with a short stint on The Only Way Is Essex, before becoming a household name with an appearance on Love Island 2017
Rogan O & # 39; Connor from Ex On The Beach also spoke out in her defense while tweeting: & # 39; Not always face to face with Georgia .. or Theo by the way, but I have to agree with him to be ..
& # 39; Georgia looks like a child in those photos & although I know that & # 39; black face & # 39; is offensive, I really think her silly makeup was more ignorance than racism & # 39 ;.
Meanwhile, The Challenge star and Big Brother US winner Josh Martinez also seemed to point out the drama as he wrote: “It's so crazy for me how some people wait for one negative thing to happen so they can jump over it and what can attack character.
& # 39; I'm sorry these TV people don't help each other, some are waiting for your demise. & # 39;
Georgia first became known in 2014 for a short period on The Only Way Is Essex, before becoming a household name with an appearance on Love Island 2017.
The bubbly reality star got an American fan base when she played in series 33 of The Challenge last year, reached the final and finished in eighth place.
During her time in the show, she was involved in a tumultuous relationship with fellow Brit and Ex On The Beach star Stephen Bear, a storyline that dominated much of the series.
One to watch: the bubbly reality star got an American fan base when she played in series 33 of The Challenge last year, reached the final and finished in eighth place
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