I dressed up as a Cowboy when I was a kid when we played cowboys and Indians. I
wonder who I offended? I hope my Mom has disposed of the pictures or my career
is down the drain.
Another Wah Wah Wah issue. Safe space, participation trophies. Let's just
have a new rule. If it as in anything, offends anyone I mean anyone it's
off limits. What a joke .
I was taught that black face makeup was a very specific facial makeup and way of
acting, I don't think that is in any way appropriate, but frankly I think
it's a little silly how the definition of what constitutes it is ballooning
out of control. I read an article the other day about some activist getting bent
out of shape about pictures of coal miners and another complaining about the
racist chimney sweeps in Mary Poppins, really? You have to be frighteningly
ignorant of the world around you or going out looking for something to be
offended at to think that.To the matter of people dressing up as
different races, I think we all need to take a step out of the trenches and stop
automatically assuming the worst intentions when people do stuff. Unless
you're a jedi you can't read minds, maybe the teenager with darkened
skin is trying to look closer to a character they like rather than attempting to
insult you, a person they probably don't know. Being offended by the
actions of someone else is a choice.
Can you also do a study on if it's OK to wear green-face if you are
dressing up as a witch?Also study if it's OK to wear white-face
if you are dressing up as a ghost, or a vampire.I don't know
for sure what group zombie makup offends, but I'm sure it offends
somebody.What about dressing up as a ninja (my grand kid did this
last year). Wonder if he offended Japanese people.Some groups are
so sensitive.I don't get why it's so offensive. But if it
offends them, I'm not going to do it.Doesn't make sense to
do something you know offends people.
I will never watch Racist Kimmel or Fallon again........boycott is on!
jsf," . . . . that not what Kimmel, Fallon, Silverman are doing?
Where is the left outrage? They did it for the comedic baffooning. Yet not a
wisper."____________________No one should he or she is entitled
to get a pass. NBC cancelled Megyn Kelly's morning show over her suggestion
that wearing blackface could be OK.
"Blackface" as that term really applies is never acceptable.
"Blackface" is to paint one's face black, leaving large white
circles around the eyes and mouth and to then portray blacks as one-dimensional
charactchers of simple minded, lazy, and hyper-sexualized. Obviously, this can
never be acceptable.In contrast, if someone wants to dress up as
Michael Jackson or Karl Malone or even President Obama for a Halloween or other
party or a talent show, I don't see how makeup is materially different than
wearing a cheap plastic mask with a photo of the person. An honest attempt to
emulate the king of pop by doing a cover of one of his songs and impersonating
his dancing during a talent show is not "blackface" even one wears a wig
and makeup along with some black pants, a red jacket, and a white glove.The problem is not dressing as someone of another race, the problem is
not understanding what "blackface" is or isn't.
So Craig is that not what Kimmel, Fallon, Silverman are doing? Where is the
left outrage? They did it for the comedic baffooning. Yet not a wisper.
Blackface was widely used on stage and screen in the 1920s and 30s by white
actors playing black characters in comedic skits that made blacks look like
clownish buffoons. The white audiences would roar with laughter. Among the most
famous was the white actor Al Jolson who put on blackface for his role in the
Jazz Singer. Meanwhile, black actors in that era had difficulty finding work in
the theater and in film. When they did get roles, it was invariably as domestic
servants, the stable boy, the maid, etc.It's not hard to see
why it's a sensitive issue today when white people put on blackface to go
to a party.
Keenen Wayans and starring his brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans, went one step
further in their misogynist, racist film White Chicks. No complaints?Is it racial appropriation when someone who is not Caucasian bleaches
straightens, and dyes their hair blond? Kimmel as co-host on The
Man Show. dressed in blackface as Karl Malone and preceded to act in southern
stereotyped speech of illiterate blacks of the South. Then there is
the racist Joe Biden extolling the virtues of Obama and how he hade risen above
his stereotyped belief of blacks as illiterate.And how is it men can
dress as women and no one cares.The ultimate black face farce is
saying the scene of Mary Poppins with faces covered in coal soot was racist.
These are the ultimate in PC hypocrisy and stupidity.
My Mom dressed me up as Little Black Sambo for Halloween when I was in second
grade. I wore a black unitard and she painted my face and hands black.
Wasn't my choice. I was so embarrassed that I refused to do the parade
down the hall of our school. Mainly because I felt like I was naked. Race
never entered into my thinking because the book was acceptable reading back then
and was actually one of my favorite stories. Was my Mom racist? Was I?The answer to that is no. In 1965, no one cared, except me,
and it wasn't race I cared about.So, if it is unacceptable to
dress as another race, then men shouldn't dress as women and visa versa
either.I guess black movie actors are exempt from dressing up like
other races too, eh?
It should depend on the definition of blackface. My grandson dressed up as a
werewolf on Halloween by blackening/browning his face then added whiskers, ears
etc. Actually, he didn’t look that believable. But there was no race
connotation meant or implied towards race.That said, to blacken
faces to represent race is another matter. Since it offends so many by giving
the impression of racism, don’t do it.
Our society has become so hypersensitive on all things race, and it isn't
necessarily a good thing. I've darkened my face many times for Halloween --
to be an islander savage, a werewolf, and so on. Shall I be forced now to resign
from any important positions I may hold? When are we going to start looking on
the heart and intentions of people? We are becoming paralyzed as a society for
fear of offending someone. I learned a long time ago that if someone is looking
to be offended there isn't much you can do to prevent it.
Given the racial tensions that have been exacerbated in the last couple of
years, how is it that so many people still think 'black face' is