I get why it's racist, and I wouldn't do it out of respect for the past. I also wouldn't buy a golliwog for the same reasons.
I found it strange that golliwogs were back in vogue a few years back.
However I think we are relatively sheltered from this issue here in Australia. Not withstanding the fact that our own indigenous people have their own issues, but we just don't 'get' the whole black/Martin Luther king/slavery issue.
In saying that however, I do think it's a bit sad that if I wanted to dress up like Michael Jackson or Beyoncé, someone would think I was being racist, when all I wanted to do was play fancy dress. But it is what it is, so I wouldn't ever think of doing it.
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23-02-2016 13:13 #41Senior Member
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23-02-2016 13:19 #42
23-02-2016 13:26 #43
You can still dress up as Michael Jackson or Beyoncé, it's the painted black face that's the offensive part. Especially to parts of America.
23-02-2016 13:28 #44
tbh you wouldn't need to do black face to dress up as MJ 😂
23-02-2016 13:39 #45
I (me personally, as a 'coloured' person) don't find her actions racist as *I* feel that there was no hurtful intent and that it was just distasteful. But that doesn't mean that the next person feels the same way.
23-02-2016 13:58 #46
And I think intention is relevant. So should I not announce my pregnancy because it might offend someone?
23-02-2016 14:02 #47
While I wouldn't do it as I *do* know about the history of black face, is it reasonable to expect all Aussies to know about it?
I'm only aware because I've always been a history nerd and took a strong interest in Martin Luther King and, thus, black American history in year 4. But, even in American history in yr 11, this was not mentioned in school.
She didn't paint herself and try to emulate a racial stereotype, but the appearance of a particular celebrity, so it's a mistake that would be easily made by someone that isn't aware of its significance. I don't think she deserves to be flamed in the way that she has, but she certainly should be if she does it again.
23-02-2016 14:23 #48
And your pregnancy example is a false equivalency. You cannot compare systemic oppression to a pregnancy, sorry.
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23-02-2016 14:24 #50
@atomicmama that's why I said I don't think she was being racist but blackface in and of itself is racist. It's like when recently Chris Hemsworth and his wife posted photos from a party all dressed up as native Americans. I don't think they meant offence but were just entitled idiots who did a dumb thing.
These are all teachable moments. That idiot from matchbox 20 made a dumb remark about being as drunk as a black Australian at a concert this week. Seriously. People in the public eye just need to not.
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