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Belgium’s Africa Museum apologized after hosting an Africa-themed event organized by events company Thé Dansant. Several attendees showed up in racist attire—including blackface—and backlash erupted as the images made the rounds online.

Africa Museum brass quickly distanced itself from the event in its mea culpa—quite a feat, considering it happened on museum grounds:

The events company’s apology was far less humble, insisting that attendees wearing racist costumes didn’t “represent the whole event.” In its response, it also lowercased “african.”

CNN Style reported:

Thé Dansant told CNN in a statement: “We’re sorry for some people that were absent and took the dress code in a negative way. As an organization we neither stand behind the one person that painted his face black. But this person does not represent the whole event.”

But the company insisted that “all the visitors from african (sic) origin were PROUD on Sunday.” They said that “everyone interprets the dress code in his/her own way” and added: “50% of the djs were from african origin.”

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