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G-Dragon on "Blackface" Controversy: "This is a Huge Misunderstanding"

August 2, 2013 at 9:00 am EDT

G-Dragon arriving at Seoul's Incheon International Airport on June 21 Credit: Jo Seong Jin/Dispatch Images

G-Dragon arriving at Seoul's Incheon International Airport on June 21
Credit: Jo Seong Jin/Dispatch Images

After Big Bang leader G-Dragon caused international controversy after posting a photo of himself with black face paint, the singer's representative tells IdolWow! that the Instagram post was a "huge misunderstanding".

The YG Entertainment spokesman explained via an emailed statement: "GD was simply wearing different face paint colors and this is a huge misunderstanding."

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He further explained: "The face paint is only a color variation for his album cover which includes black, white, and red. It is in no way meant to be a political or racial statement.”

While some of the earliest speculations deemed that the 24-year-old idol singer was attempting to pay tribute to murdered African-American teenager Trayvon Martin, the rep further clarified: "It's being derived by a simple photo shoot where GD was using different face paint colors for his upcoming album... That interpretation is completely wrong and taken out of context."

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The response comes after thousands of Instagram and several US outlets suggested that the photo -- which has since been deleted from the social networking site -- was racially insensitive. LA Times even branded the selfie "unfathomably offensive".

G-Dragon will be releasing his second studio album later this fall.

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