U.S.—Prosperity gospel preacher Benny Hinn has encountered a flurry of backlash after it was revealed that he has dressed up as an actual pastor for the last few decades.
Thousands of internet users discussed Hinn's problematic appropriation of the appearance of a minister of the gospel, when he's actually a charlatan who uses the gospel for his own personal gain. The practice, known as "pastorface," is reportedly common across the United States and around the world. It has been condemned as cultural appropriation and insensitive representation of actual Christian preachers.
"I now see how it was insensitive of me to wear a costume that made it appear I was actually a preacher of God's Word," he said in an apology video posted to the internet. "I hope to move forward from this, learn from this mistake, and do better."
"I will be taking some time to think about what I've done and figure out how I can make this better," he added before retiring to his mansion.
In order to correct for his error, Hinn has vowed to simply tell people he wants their money instead of dressing up in culturally insensitive pastor wear.