On Monday (Mar. 1) Estelle told MTV News that she was surprised by the reaction to the video. "Those comments were the first thing I saw after we released the video trailer," she said. "It's like, 'Are you joking?"
In the promo trailer for the video, director Nabil Elderkin -- who has collaborated with Kanye West in the past -- says that he planned to explore Estelle in a range of different looks. Neither of them seemed to anticipate the backlash from the black paint snippets.
"I think they need to wait to see the clip. I could defend myself, but it's just silly," Estelle said. "I'm black, so how do I do blackface? Missy did the same thing [with her video] 'She's a Bitch.' I refuse to defend it, I didn't put any white ring around my mouth -- never that."
Check out the preview for Estelle's video 'Freak' here.