The Simple Life Gets Racist

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Paris Hilton is off to jail. So she may have larger issues at the moment than future accusations of racism.

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But TMZ has learned that an upcoming episode of the Paris and Nicole Richie's reality show features actress/fashionista Sally Kirkland playing the socialites' Camp Shawnee acting coach - and was made to look like Nicole's father, Lionel Richie - in full on blackface and an afro!

Obviously a winning idea.

Sources say it was Richie who somehow talked Kirkland into donning the controversial getup after the two got into a shouting match when Nicole wouldn't perform Shakespeare. TMZ spies say the taping was simultaneously "frightening and hysterically funny."

A rep for The Simple Life had no comment. The Simple Life Goes to Camp premieres May 28 on E!

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