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It's all about intent. The history of blackface has always been derogatory. In Japan, kabuki white face is standard because it is seen as being more aaesthetically pleasing.11
Is it racist? Yes. But its socially acceptable. If a white person did black face thier career would be dead0
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Donald Glover is a racist. It's about time more people start calling out these racist people and accept that people other that "whites" can be and are racist.10
Yes its a racist hate crime
blacks call everything racist nowdays so yeah this is racist10
It's okay if the gender you identify with is not the same as the race you were born as.10
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Blackface has a bit more history of cultural suppression as it was done to deny black actors any roles at all. Whiteface could be argued to be racist but its not exactly threatening or beating down the little guy so I have much less of an issue with it.
That being said I do think tongue in cheek blackface like RDJ in Tropic Thunder has a place as long as its done in a self aware way and it's not taking roles away from actual black actors.
Cultural suppression or promotion of black culture? Remember culture was segregated. For instance there were no white actors in black movies or white singers in black clubs. Without those guys in blackface promoting black culture then black culture would never have become so prominent in today's soceity.
That is a fantastic devil's advocate argument, I approve. That being said I would say it was cultural suppression because the characters were almost always incomplete and promoted very negative stereotypes of blacks being savage and animalistic/unintelligent etc. It wasn't like they were celebrating black culture, they were just refusing to cast black actors as black characters because they didn't want to be around them.
I think it was more a case of their target audience. Remember at least 1/3 of the country were in the KKK at one time.
Right, but that doesn't excuse the action.
Doesn't it? Why make a movie that you can't make money on. If you look at the history of movies and music you see it's been a hundred years of slowing introducing black culture, music and non-white actors and black artists and thats before non-white were given actual strong leading roles let alone being allowed to play any non-white role. There was always a white man playing an African, native American or Arab.
Elvis is sometimes condemned for appropriating black culture but in fact he promoted it to white audiences who had never heard black music and they started listening and purchasing black music.
I would say it doesn't because the individual is still responsible for their actions even if the group is morally deficient. Making money isn't a morality guide its a profit guide.
Elvis I have no problem with, again actually using the music and culture and doing your own interpretation would be ok but Elvis claiming he invented it himself or had no influence from African Americans would be an obvious lie. Art and culture aren't stagnant and that kind of cultural crossing over is important, it should go both ways though.