Yesha Callahan

Comedian Mike Epps Slammed For MLK Slavery Instagram Photo


Comedian/Actor Mike Epps is being slammed for a Instagram photo he posted of a Black man whipping white slaves.

The now deleted picture shows three white men without shirts in a cotton field while a Black man stands over them with a whip. In the top left-hand side of the photo Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is seen smiling. Epps captioned the image, “I am so proud of you bro! Lol.”

TMZ broke the story on yesterday and now Epps has issued an apology.

Epps spoke with TMZ about the incident and said the photo started as a joke with his nephews. He also noted that he thought the photo was absurd and funny — but he understands why some people were angry.

Mike Epps has a new AOL series “That’s Racist”  debuting on Monday where he will be interviewing people around the country about racist stereotypes.

Check out the trailer below:

Photo Credit: TMZ

  1. January 23, 2015 - Reply

    Publicity stunt!

    • January 24, 2015 - Reply


      That’s exactly what it is. He has a show called “That’s Racist.” Funny how folks get their panties in a bunch about this but let this be the other way around and its no problem.

  2. January 23, 2015 - Reply

    Oh boo boo!! When those white women mad those so called jokes about Bill Cosby, it was suppose to be a joke. When those white folks resisted up as Mr. Martin and Mr. Brown for Halloween, it was a supposed to be a joke amd people take stuff too serious. I’ll be damed if a black person makes a joke about whipping white folks or making them pick cotton. Oh Mike Epps is supposed to make an apology? How many half-ass apologies these celebrities have made when they made fun of our culture or our ancestors’ struggles? I don’t give a damn what they think I. This was funny to me. It’s just a joke. Stop whining! That’s what you tell us all the time…

    • January 23, 2015 - Reply


      The problem is the involvement of Dr King. I too for that reason alone find this to be distasteful.

      Mr. Epps, this is a cheap “stunt”.

      • January 24, 2015 - Reply


        I understand your point. But this quote below from Coming to America is classic.

        Yeah, I met Dr. Martin Luther King in 1962 in Memphis, Tennessee. I walkin’ down the street minding my own business, just walking on. Feelin’ good. I walk around the corner, a man walk up, hit me in my chest, right. I fall on the ground, right. And I look up and it’s Dr. Martin Luther King. I said ‘Dr. King?’ and he said ‘Ooops, I thought you were some body else.’

      • January 24, 2015 - Reply


        I also find white folks posing in blackface distasteful. I also find white folks who throw racist and stereotypical parties about black folks distasteful. I also find white folks depicting President Obama as Hitler distasteful. I also find it distasteful when white folks can do all kinds of racist and distasteful stuff, claim freedom of expression, laugh it off as a joke, and all is forgotten, but when Mike Epps injects his own brand of ‘humor’ into a situation, all of a sudden it’s ‘distasteful.’

  3. January 24, 2015 - Reply

    For some reason, I just don’t care.

  4. January 24, 2015 - Reply

    white folks couldn’t survive one day in the heat picking cotton!

    • January 26, 2015 - Reply


      Or one day on the bus picking their kids up from school. Lol.

      • January 26, 2015 - Reply


        White folks wouldn’t survive anything dealing with “Struggle.”

        That should be a rend on Twitter….#White Folks Couldn’t Survive One Day

        Make a Meme out of that…

  5. January 24, 2015 - Reply

    After all the foolishness white folks do on Halloween with the blackface and the photo of Zimmerman with a demonic grin on his ugly mug holding up a picture of Trayvon Martin. This is really mild.

    • January 26, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      I agree with you. Have a Great Week Sister Mary Burrell.

  6. January 24, 2015 - Reply

    Who cares what white people think? The amount of foolishness they pull on Halloween…please.

  7. January 25, 2015 - Reply

    I thought about the photo and this issue. One phrase came to
    my mind constantly. The phrase is Charlie Hebdo. That phrase deals with this
    issue. Charlie Hebdo has shown Islamophobic, sexist, racist, and other
    offensive images. There has been no apology on the authors of these offensive
    cartoons, yet Mike Epps apologized for his one photo which was a very
    controversial satirical look in race relations of American society. I don’t
    agree with Mike Epps on certain issues and I don’t believe that Dr. Martin
    Luther King Jr. would want that picture that Epps shown to be reality. On the
    other hand, there is a double standard where many black people are made to
    apologize as a means to make certain white people comfortable with the status
    quo. The truth is that we have the right to not bow down to the social
    sensibilities of white reactionaries. We have the right to think for ourselves
    and express ourselves. Many white
    racists have called the President all sorts of names, shown offensive images on
    social media, and the whole nine yards, but they haven’t apologized for a
    single thing.

  8. January 25, 2015 - Reply

    No surprise. Mike Epps is an ignorant no talent douchebag and an asshole. Why do people give him the time of day?

  9. January 26, 2015 - Reply

    I actually found that picture to be hilarious. It’s MLK Jr.’s Face that does it for me. LOL!

  10. February 14, 2015 - Reply

    It’s a grim day for the First Amendment when COMEDIANS are vilified for doing SATIRE!!

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