ELLE France beauty editor Jeanne Deroo posted a picture of herself sporting an Afro and wearing blackface (a form of theatrical makeup used to create a stereotyped caricature of a black person) on Instagram. Needless to say, it created quite a controversy.
This is not the first time such a picture has stirred the hornet’s nest.
This time, the backlash was similar.
I am looking at you, ELLE France beauty editor Jeanne Deroo. And also all other white people. Blackface is always racist.— Candace Shaw (@candaceshaw) November 26, 2013
Despite the fact that it is ages after the ‘color period’, racism is still rampant across the globe.
Whether it’s the teenager made up to be an ‘African Queen’ or Julianne Hough’s Halloween look, every so often, there are incidents to demonstrate that the world has a long way to go before it understands racial sensitivities.
On the other hand, maybe people have taken political correctness to an unreasonable level and are sometimes reaching to find racial connotations when they may not exist in a certain case.
However, one must adopt a cautious approach when making such fashion statements as they could hurt the sentiments of a people who have suffered discrimination throughout history.
Here are some prime examples of blackface: