Thursday, November 21, 2013

Yet another blackface row  -- this time at York University (in York, UK)   

I wonder if Mrs Obama is racist?  She has her hair straightened and that's an attempt to look white

A group of university students have been branded 'shameful' and 'insensitive' after they 'blacked themselves up' to look like the cast of cult movie Cool Runnings.

The four young men smeared black paint all over their faces and bodies - and one of them wore a dreadlock wig.

A picture of the group, posted on one student's Facebook page, shows the four posing proudly with a homemade bobsled which is made out of cardboard boxes.

The group - who include one Old Etonian - have been warned they could face disciplinary action by their university.

In the popular 90s movie Cool Runnings, John Candy turns a team of failed Jamaican athletes into a bobsleigh team for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Canada.

Union president Kallum Taylor said: 'I can't see how any one studying here would think this ridiculous behaviour is anywhere near appropriate in any context.'

A University of York spokesman said the incident was 'regrettable' and added that they may take disciplinary action.



Anonymous said...

Are spray on tans or people who lay on the beach to tan also racist now? Was Michael J Racist for lightening his skin?

Anonymous said...

This is about the power of the admin to control (making the irrelevance or ridiculousness of their demands all the more important to them) and their frustration, like all narcissists, when they are ignored.

Anonymous said...

Apparently you can dress up to look like anyone you like - so long as they are the same colour/ethnicity as you.
The fact that it might be a tribute or honour to the person you are dressing up as is apparently irrelevant.

Anonymous said...

Yes, 6:11, it's ironic that pale skinned people try to get exotic tans, while dark skinned people buy skin-lightening products. Maybe we all want to be coffee-colored people like the 60's song.

Anonymous said...

don't like it? turn the channel