Here I go, wading into the is-blackface-okay-or-not-okay maelstrom wrought by Megyn Kelly.
Blackface, in my opinion, is like burning the American flag. Sure, you have the RIGHT to do it, but I accept zero responsibility for anything that’s done to your face as a result of doing it.
No, I’m not going to be the guy who gives you the backhand, but I MIGHT be the guy who records it with his iPhone.
Now, if a white kid wants to dress up as Black Panther for Halloween, who cares? As long as the kid wears the character’s helmet and doesn’t PAINT his (or her) face, I don’t see a problem with it.
When it comes to the notorious “blackface” concept, I like to echo the words of Roger Murtaugh in Lethal Weapon:
“I’m warning you…don’t.”
Buford T. Justice also comes to mind with this memorable quote:
“You can think about it, but don’t do it.”
I knew a girl back during my Franciscan University days who dressed up as Serena Williams for Halloween.
One problem: she was white, so she painted her skin as part of her costume.
As Luke Skywalker once said, “Don’t do that.”
She could have only gotten away with that costume at a private school whose student population must have been 98% white when I was there (I don’t know what the exact percentage was, but it was high).
If she had pulled that stunt at a public university, then it might not have gone over so well.
My rule of thumb: steer clear of painting your skin in order to portray someone of a different race.
Simple as that.
You see this? 🙄 DONT DO THIS SHIT.