My brother is a makeup artist. He is pretty good at it and can transform himself into many celebrities. Can example of this work is a video I posted.
My family is white. My younger brother is as white as they come. He did a thing for his university (a small community college), a Talent Show and they kicked him out of it because some students and faculty said it was borderline racist and it's basically black/brown/yellow face. Eventually, he got into a fight with some Mexican students who accuse him of racism because he did George Lopez in the talent show and my brother got threatened to get kicked out of college for creating an unsafe environment, even though he went to the faculty beforehand and told them he was being harassed by some of the other students.
I don't understand the comparison between blackface and makeup celebrity transformations. Blackface was used by racist white people at a time to make fun and degrade black people with exaggerated features and they used super black skin, really big nose and painted on giant lips etc. What my brother and many paying homages to celebrities and figures, presenting them in an accurate depiction, taking a long time to study their faces and appreciate their facial aesthetics. Like WTF?
Most Helpful Girl
I understand where the people were coming from and i understand where you're coming from too, but at the end of the day, it doesn't matter the intention, it's still technically blackface.1
Most Helpful Guy
No, it's not at all. I don't think people understand what blackface is.
This is blackface.
It's unrealistic and comical, designed to humiliate black people. It's not attempting to be realistic.
This is attempting to use makeup in order to resemble a certain person, in your example Drake.
Now firstly Drake is half black, half white. Secondly even if he was black, he's his own unique person. He's not defined by his race. Just because someone attempts to look like him doesn't mean they're attempting to laugh at his race. They're simply attempting to look like a certain person, that person may be white, black, brown whatever.3