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.
âIâm deeply upset that my Instagram post offended people in the community,â says Ingerson. âThat 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
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 Iâm 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!