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Links 1 through 10 of 60 by Latoya Peterson tagged blackface

"Stephen Ryan, the chairman of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, said he was shocked by the behaviour of the men, but more stunned that Qantas ''wouldn't have known such a stunt could backfire … It's hard to believe that a company that has used Aboriginal iconography to try and improve its image didn't know that this could easily be construed as racist.'"
Ryan said. 'There's nothing funny about the demonisation of indigenous people by non-indigenous people. Never has been, never will be.'"

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"The Lion King" will become the new racefail apology meme. Watch for it...--AJP "The National Afro-Swedish Association reported the Halland and Helsingkrona associations at Lund University to the police for hate speech over 'jungle parties' held last weekend.

"'This is not a bunch of skinheads. This is the elite. Lund's students are some of the best educated in Sweden,' he said. 'This racism is becoming all too common.'"

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Blackface as protest? ::steps away from story very slowly:: --AJP "Italian basketball players and fans have been urged to paint their faces black during the next round of fixtures to show support to a player who was racially abused."

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"On the occasion of the reissues of the two most indispensable books about Astaire, it’s worth taking another look at “Bojangles.” Though blackface certainly often expressed racist sentiment — I shudder to recall the TV “Black-and-White Minstrel Show” of my youth — it was often used subversively. Here Astaire is subverting racist caricature to celebrate the black tradition of tap dance. His is not a specific imitation of Robinson: Astaire’s torso moves a great deal, whereas Robinson’s deportment was far more upright. In fact, there were black tap dancers whom Astaire admired much more than Robinson: notably John W. Bubbles, whom he found truly great. But Robinson, thanks to his movies with Shirley Temple (“Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” and more), was the most famous black tap dancer in the world; this “Bojangles” song congratulated his achievement."

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I'm not sure about this one. Thoughts, anyone?--AP

"Which leads me to wonder: Why do we despise performance in blackface and celebrate performance in drag? Is blackface considered an insult and drag a joke because of some inherent difference between them, or because African-Americans won’t tolerate ridicule while the women’s movement is still trying to prove we have a sense of humor?"

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*eyeroll* This quote is French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld. - LDP "We were accused of being racist [after painting white model Laura Stone black for a feature], which was totally untrue, since I once did an entire issue on a black model [Liya Kebede in May 2002]."

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"This works where so many other attempts at blackface have failed because Fey’s not using blackface as a simplistic visual way of turning a white person Black but as a complex tool that makes a multi-layered joke at the character’s expense. Jenna is a dimwit and the audience knows that for her to think blackening up is ok adds to the perception that she’s simpleminded. (Fey also buys herself space because on a previous episode, the first time Jenna went into blackface, Tina’s Liz Lemon clearly indicated she knew that was a bad idea so in that way the show was sortof ombudsmanning itself.)"

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"Dewester said the novelty soap came from a Florida producer that sells Christmas soaps across the country.

"'I don't believe in political correctness,' he said.'I mean, trying to live your life so that you offend nobody in this world, is almost impossible as far as I can tell.'

"Another mall shopkeeper said the soap sounded offensive, and she asked that it be removed."

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"Of all the unfamiliar products in a Chinese supermarket, one of the most shocking to American visitors is a toothpaste featuring the logo of a minstrel singer in a top hat, flashing a white smile. Even more shocking: the paste, known as Darlie in English and as Black People Toothpaste in Chinese, is a product of the Hawley & Hazel Group, a Hong Kong–based company established in 1933, which is now owned in part by the Colgate-Palmolive Co."

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Weaver said that a picture that she took with her pastor in blackface dressed as Aunt Jemima was just Halloween fun and doesn’t understand why the photo is offensive.
However, some of her colleagues in the state Legislature said it is not just the picture that's wrong, but the comment she made about it.

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