Reality TV Show Sparks Fury as White Contestant Performs as Bill Withers | 22 Words

A Polish talent show has sparked outrage after one of its white contestants impersonated a Black singer.

Viewers were left disgusted by the shocking performance...

The reality show has recently come under fire.

After the contestant impersonated Bill Withers, while dressed in blackface.

Singer Maja Hyży wore a curly wig, darkened her skin, and even wore prosthetics to perform Ain't No Sunshine...

In the TV competition Your Face Sounds Familiar.

Keep scrolling to watch the shocking performance for yourself...

People have been left disgusted...

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Hyży played guitar as she sang her rendition of the song...

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The judges appeared to love it.

The show was instantly met with backlash online after the performance...

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"Dang! The audacity to be very offensive with black face AND they sound awful and are ruining an iconic song?" said one viewer.

Another added: "I can't get over the fact that you guys do this it's not ok no matter where you are."

The music competition has almost fifty different versions in countries all over the world...

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It even aired in the UK back in 2013, presented by Alesha Dixon.

The show asks contestants to mimic an artist's song...

As well as look like the star they're trying to impersonate.

However, the Polish version has faced huge criticism...

After contestants darkened their skin to perform as icons such as Tina Turner and Beyonce.

The Polish program has since released a statement on Instagram...

The statement read: "We are very surprised with the number of negative comments regarding to the tv show Your Face Sounds Familiar. The Polish edition of the show, seen as exemplary abroad, always tries to show great performances, which strive to be as close to the original as possible."

Later in the statement, it reads:

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​"The producers and contestants of all previous series of the show had always one thing in mind – to recreate most accurately (vocally, movement-wise and visually) the big music stars of Polish or foreign origin – which are selected for them randomly.

"The intention of each star performing on the show, as well as of the whole production team, is to recreate the original performance in the most precise manner while honoring the original artist."

"The artist, who is of the utmost importance for all of us, who love music," the statement concludes.

Clearly, this is not ok. What do you think?

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