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Former Playmate Insists Picking Cotton Jokes Were Not Racist

Reality star and former Playboy Playmate Kendra Wilkinson posted an image of herself on Instagram for Story Wednesday. She's posing in front of a cotton field with a couple of freshly picked cotton flowers in her hand.

A lot of people slammed her for the image and called her 'racist'. Wilkinson says that's not the case.

Wilkinson posted the image on Wednesday featuring herself holding two fluffy cotton balls in her hand right in front of a sprawling cotton field. The images were taken while she was on a Thanksgiving road trip with her former professional football player husband, Hank Baskett, and his parents.

She didn't actually know the owner of the field, but she thought a little trespassing would be funny. "Always wanted to pick cotton. Lol," she wrote in a caption.

She immediately got backlash for the image and was called a 'racist piece of sh--' because of the cotton joke. People complained that Wilkinson was 'joking about history that you are just simply ignorant about'.

The 32-year-old, who is married to a black man and has biracial children, was shocked by the accusations. She responded to them in several subsequent posts, seemingly growing more and more annoyed as she explained herself.

"Lol. I just wanted to pick cotton from a plant cuz I've always wondered how it really felt. Never in my life thought of color or race at the time," she explained on Twitter.

"I was trespassing n ran up to grab some cotton. I am not racist. Was just having fun n wanted to feel n wondered how it felt. Hahahahah. I can't believe I'm getting accused of being racist when I'm sitting here with my black father in law rt now baffled at the accusations," she added.

The backlash was so harsh that Wilkinson started getting defensive. "F--k off to anyone who don't know me n know what I'm about. Just cuz i picked some f--king cotton. It's a f--king plant. Omg i can't," she later wrote.

The image of exhausted slaves working for hours under the hot southern sun picking cotton for their owners is burned in the mind of many Americans. It's an image that is just part of the portrait of the sad history of slavery in America, and few would disagree that a cotton field can easily churn up thoughts of such a tragic period.

Still, the backlash Wilkinson got might have been overboard. Cotton is still a crop that we grow and use. Does it make a person any more racist to harvest or use cotton than hemp or sugar cane, two other major crops that slaves were forced to work on from sunrise to sunset, six days per week?

It's unlikely if she were holding a cannabis leaf in front of a marijuana farm or a pixie stick in front of a sugar cane farm that she would have gotten that kind of backlash.

Source: NY Daily News, Yahoo
Photos: Kendra Wilkinson/Instagram, Kendra Wilkinson/Twitter

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