Def Poet said:
Honestly it's not about being sensitive for me. It's a respect thing. Plus most of you kids are ignorant to the racial connotations that comes from a white person painting themselves to look black. Yes you do see some people of color dress like super man, but I've never seen them paint their skin white.
I feel like you got it wrong though... This isn't vaudeville... This is 2011, a completely different time. Blackface was a means of denigrating the stereotypes of black people present at the time. Extremely dark skin, exaggerated lips... This is a case where a dude listens to a guy, likes his music, and decides to dress up like him. Dude looks more like he OD'd on Spray Tan not shoe polish. I could see if he painted himself up to be dark as hell as claimed that he was still being J. Cole. Dude obviously didn't mean any disrespect to African American culture as a whole. Just by looking at the picture... it's an homage. I actually think it speaks volumes that he picked J. Cole vs Lil Wayne or Lil John or the Ying Yang Twins, Soulja Boy or any of the other rappers that could be considered caricatures