Paula Bradshaw, an Alliance Party MLA who represents South Belfast, has issued an apology after photos of her dressed as Mr T emerged online.
Bradshaw, who is the partys health spokesperson, took to Twitter to express her contrition, calling the costume inappropriate and a serious lack of judgment.
It has come to my attention that there are photos of me on social media from a decade ago dressed as Mr. T.
For some time I have been deeply embarrassed I ever thought such an inappropriate costume was a good idea and I apologise for any offence caused.
— Paula Bradshaw MLA (@PaulaJaneB) September 19, 2020
I am proud to stand on my record of tackling the very real issues of racial discrimination and prejudice faced by minority ethnic communities here and abroad every day, Bradshaw continued.
I will not be diverted from continuing to take concrete action to support minority communities, assist refugees and oppose racial injustice in all its forms.
Bradshaw said she dressed up as Mr T ten years ago for an 80s-themed party.
Mr T is a black actor and retired professional wrestler. He is best known for his portrayal of the character BA Baracus in the 1980s television series The A-Team. The American actor has become inextricably linked with his characters famous tagline, I pity the fool.
Bradshaw courted controversy earlier this year in July when she defended her decision to go on an all-inclusive holiday to Italy with her family despite the prevailing advice from Stormont at the time being to cancel all non-essential travel.
The health committee member insisted she was not breaking any laws.
Im not trying to be disrespectful of the work of anybody during this pandemic to keep it under control, Bradshaw said at the time.
In many ways Ive tried to play an active part, so were just going to proceed on that basis.