- Last Updated: 9:35 AM, February 26, 2013
- Posted: 1:13 AM, February 26, 2013
Clueless Assemblyman Dov Hikind attended his yearly Purim bash on Saturday wearing an offensive “blackface” basketball player costume.
His son Yani thought the tasteless get-up — which included a fake Afro and orange jersey — was such a hoot, he posted the photo on his own Facebook page.
Hikind’s wife, Shoshana, dressed as a devil, and Yani, with a yin and yang on his face, joined in the snapshot.
Just two weeks ago, Hikind —a Brooklyn power broker and Orthodox Jew — slammed fashion designer John Galliano as insensitive for wearing what appeared to be Hasidic-like attire.
An hour later, Hikind, 62, wrote a snarky defense of the photo on his personal blog.
“It’s Purim. People Dress Up,” he sniffed in the post’s title. “This is political correctness to the absurd.”
But after criticism mounted yesterday, Hikind backed off — having the photograph pulled from Facebook and issuing a half-hearted apology.
“Anyone who was offended, I’m sorry . . . that was not the intention,” Hikind said at a press conference at his home.
City leaders blasted the display as racist.
“If blacks got dressed up as Hasidim, it would be seen as equally inappropriate,” Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League said.
And Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a fellow Orthodox Jew, called Hikind’s actions “inappropriate and offensive.”
Purim is among the most festive Jewish holidays, as costumed revelers raise a glass to Queen Esther, who saved the Jews from a plot to massacre them in ancient Persia.