April 21, 2015 – It’s neverÂ a good day when you have to release a sheepish apologyÂ statement via theÂ Sydney Morning Herald. That was the case forÂ Briony Ingerson, a presenter for Fox Sports in Australia.
â€śIâ€™m deeply upset that my Instagram post offended people in the community,â€ť says Ingerson. â€śThat was not my intent; it was a very poor error in judgement and I now understand how inappropriate it was.Â The post has been removed and I offer my sincere apologies to those that were hurt by it.â€ť
The blackface photoÂ seen above has indeed been removed and, according to Ingerson, was originally intendedÂ to celebrateÂ an acquaintance appearing on a jungle-themed edition ofÂ Iâ€™m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! Â The photo went largely un-noticed until a former intern brought it to attention via Twitter.
In the early days of coverage, Ingerson, having returned toÂ her native state of “white-face,” said,Â “No harm intended. Just wanted to give our hard-working friend a giggle.”Â That didn’t stopÂ the flames from fanningÂ further into theÂ current media brushfire now raging in Australia.
So was Ingerson’s party picÂ Funny Or Offensive? Vote now!