Elk City, OK: Mayoral candidate’s black-face drag act has him in hot water

Elk City, OK: Mayoral candidate’s black-face drag act has him in hot water

[Ed. – At first, I was going to say, “This freighted racial stuff isn’t the Oklahoma I know.”  But then I saw we’re talking small town, hairdresser, running for mayor, raising money for charity, egged on by black salon client, all adding up to basic looniness — and I knew.  This is the Oklahoma I know.]

An Elk City mayoral candidate is at the center of controversy after several YouTube videos were shared around town.

In the video, Bill Helton, an Elk City commissioner and mayoral candidate, is seen dressing up as a black woman called “Pollyester Kotton.”

Some say it is racist and offensive, but others don’t see anything wrong with the character.

Helton, who is also a hair stylist, says Kotton’s character was born at the beauty shop.

“The character came about from one of my clients, who was African-American, from Texas,” Helton said.

With his client’s help, Helton says he transformed into Kotton.

He has acted as her at numerous community events, raising money for people in need.

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