Dressing up as a blackface drag queen with a vulgar name is not something most mayors would do. Apparently, Arkansas City Mayor Mel Kuhn is not your typical mayor.
Kuhn said he dressed up for the weekend fundraiser after he got the idea for a character from watching “Norbit” and “Big Momma’s House.” These are films where black men dress up as overweight black women.
Kuhn claims that he did not try to dress up as a black woman. He says he did not have a blackface. Kuhn said blackface is shoe polish, and his was a “tan face.” He also says he “can’t do a black accent.” He claims his character was more like a gypsy.
The character’s name was “Smellishis Poon.” During the talent section, Kuhn brought out backup singers called the “Red Hot Puntangs.”
It is a a bit unbelievable that one politician can offend so many groups at one time.
After meeting with the NAACP, Kuhn apologized for his actions.