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Is Blackface Ever Ok?

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Over the weekend the world has joined an uproar concerning the magnitude of Caucasian stars donning black face for their Halloween escapades. The issue first garnered my attention when my twitter feed started to erupt with images of Julianne Hough dressed as “Crazy Eyes” of the hit NetFlix Series ‘Orange is the New Black’, black face and all. Check out the pic below.

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After the fervent outcry for understanding of such and offense Julianne apologized,

I am a huge fan of the show Orange is the New black, actress Uzo Aduba, and the character she has created. It certainly was never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way. I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize.


But with further digging we came across more people donning blackface in the name of Halloween (see the gallery) and this time it was for famed fashion folk. Hallowood 2013 “Disco Africa” soiree hosted by Giampaolo Sgura to be specific. Thanks to the fete’s African theme, people clearly felt it appropriate to go blackface crazy.


My question is:

At any time, in any generation, is it EVER ok to wear black face?

(As it seems that people have forgotten or clearly don’t care what it represents and the emotion it evokes)



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