Are We Making Too Much Of Elle's Editor's Blackface Controversy?

by
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.

Blackface Controversy

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.

A Case in Point: Ondria Hardin: 16-Year-Old White Model Poses in ‘African Queen’ Editorial Creating Controversy

This time, the backlash was similar.

Despite the fact that it is ages after the ‘color period’, racism is still rampant across the globe.

Read More: Racist Tweets Emerge Targeting First Indian-American 2014 Miss America

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.

Watch: Stephen Colbert Mocks 2014 Miss America’s Racist Twitter Critics (VIDEO)

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:

Source: Tumblr

Carbonated.TV
View Comments

Recommended For You