Kendrick Lamar
What can you really say in response to this? (Pictures: MG23/Getty)

A Polish reality competition has received huge backlash after a contestant used Blackface and said the N-word while covering a Kendrick Lamar song.

The series, Your Face Sounds Familiar, sees eight celebrities take on the look of their favourite artists to perform songs and raise money for charity.

But one contestant, popstar Kuba Szmajkowski, took things too far during his performance of the US rapper’s hit song Humble, from his 2017 album Damn.

In a video clip from Saturday’s episode, Szmajkowski can be seen donning Blackface while performing the song – and dropping the N-word halfway through.

It’s not the first time the show has been criticised for its decision to use Blackface, but its producers took to Instagram to say they were ‘surprised by the negativity’.

The performance apparently went down a storm with the judges and viewing public, with Szmajkowski actually winning the contest on the night.

In the video, the audience in the arena can be seen dancing and clapping along to the performance while the judges look on with huge smiles on their faces.

A particularly damning moment came during the first verse when Szmajkowski repeated the line ‘Finesse a n***a with some counterfeits’ verbatim.

Naturally, the clip surfaced on social media and immediately went viral, with several X (formerly Twitter) users left absolutely stunned by the display.

One person said: ‘Kendrick needs to file the nastiest copyright suit of all time. I’m talking not even able to say his name no more on some Voldemort s**t.’

Kuba Szmajkowski
It was, erm, quite the transformation? (Picture: Twitter/X)
Kuba Szmajkowski
(Picture: Twitter/X)

A second person said: ‘What made them think it’s okay to put blackface Kendrick, Drake, and Kanye on Polish television and allow them to say the n-word?’

Beforehand, a TikTok posted by Szmajkowski showed him getting into costume as the show’s make-up artists prepared his controversial look for the night.

Polish actress Pola Gonciarz was also used Blackface in the same episode while performing as Beyoncé.

And it’s not the first time the show has caught flack for similar stunts, with contestants using Blackface in the past to imitate Kanye West and Drake.

After winning, Szmajkowski did donate 10,000 Polish zł (£2000) of prize money to charity, but his night will be likely be remembered for the wrong reasons.

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