Blackface/Whiteface

Read. Think. React. Failure to do so may cause feelings of offence.

In the nineties, I donned tan-coloured shoe polish in order to portray detective James Martinez in my high school media class group’s adaptation of NYPD Blue. I felt compelled to do so for receiving criticism on an earlier project where I portrayed Muhammed Ali in my caucasian suit. Shame on me.

And we all know what Megyn Kelly said last Halloween. Shame on her, too.

But since we are talking about contrasting-face performances, can we not agree that Dave Chappelle’s white guy on the Chappelle show was funny? What about Robert Downey Junior’s satirical portrayal in the movie Tropic Thunder?

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