LOS ANGELES (KTLA) - Actor Tom Hanks apologized after a video surfaced from eight years ago, showing him emceeing an event next to a man in blackface, at Hanks' children's school in Pacific Palisades.
The presence of Hanks in the video got national attention, but the man who was dressed in black makeup and a wig has outraged some people in Los Angeles, because the man serves as chairman of the board of a school in Encino that serves children with learning disabilities.
The event Hanks emceed was a charity auction event in 2004 at St. Matthew's Parish School in Pacific Palisades, where his kids were students. In video of the event, first posted on The Daily Caller, another parent is auctioning off a gorilla, and takes the stage dressed in blackface.
The man in blackface is James Montgomery.
According to reports, the 2004 video was dug up by conservatives after Hanks narrated a re-election video for President Obama. Hanks, who reacts to the man in blackface by saying "Who would have thought Bill O'Reilly would join us?" told The Daily Caller he was sorry.
Hanks said he was "blindsided" by the parent who got up on stage, in a costume that was "hideously offensive," and that he used Bill O'Reilly as a punchline of an uncomfortable joke that was hardly funny.
As for Montgomery, he's been quoted as saying about his blackface appearance at the the 2004 fundraiser, "Each of us does and says things at one point or another in our lives we regret. The costume I wore to the 2004 Fundraiser was one such thing for me... I am sick about the false impression it gave. All I can do now is to do what I did then and apologize for any offense I may have caused. I am truly sorry."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times