Toby Keith in Asian Video Flap
Country singer appears to make slanty-eyed gesture
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2009 10:13 AM CST

(Newser) – Toby Keith apparently didn’t learn anything from Miley Cyrus’ slanty-eyed photo controversy—the country singer has now stirred up his very own. Gawker notes that, about 1:23 into the above (and otherwise awesome) video of Keith's impromptu performance with Will Smith at a Nobel Peace Prize afterparty, Keith appears to be miming Smith’s words—pointing to Smith for “black” and himself for “white,” making a finger gun for “bang bang,” and—ill-advisedly—gesturing to the corner of his eye for “yellow.”

Or maybe his eye just itched at the wrong time, speculates Azaria Jagger—“because nobody would make a racist gesture while attending a Nobel event, right? While wearing a jean jacket and a cowboy hat? Sharing a stage with two black men? Celebrating America's first black president winning the Peace Prize? Before an international audience, in Oslo?”

 

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