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Media Lesson Today: Not All White People Wearing Blackface Incidents Are Equal

Filed under: General — Dana @ 4:01 pm

[guest post by Dana]

It all depends on who it is wearing the blackface…

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the years:


It’s a funny thing to see how the media treats adored politicians when they are discovered to have worn blackface:


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada is the latest politician to apologize (3x) for wearing blackface 50 years ago40 years ago30 years ago… less than 20 years ago. Jim Geraghty asks us to pause as we recognize the significance of this moment:

Can we all take a moment to savor the delicious irony of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau — the walking icon of tolerance, progressivism, and cultural sensitivity, the Dreamy Diversity Guy and favorite foreign leader of so many Democrats — telling Canadians today that he is unable to say whether he wore blackface (or probably more accurately, brownface) on more than three occasions?

Why, yes, yes we can!


Time magazine revealed a photo of Trudeau wearing brownface as an Aladdin character at an Arabian Nights” party in 2001, as well as blackface to imitate Harry Belafonte in high school, and then on a third occasion in the early 1990s.

In conclusion:

In a society that wasn’t consumed by woke-scolds and “cancel culture,” we could argue that not every example of darkening the skin is the same as Al Jolson or Amos and Andy or other efforts to mock and deride an entire group of people. Nobody seems all that upset when Robert Downey Jr. played an over-the-top method actor who darkened his skin to play an African-American character in Tropic Thunder. But that would require people to recognize that, say, Megyn Kelly wasn’t being racist or malevolent when she described trying to look like Diana Ross on Halloween. And by golly, joining the outrage mob and claiming another scalp is just too much fun for people to resist.

Come on, Canada. Don’t vote against Justin Trudeau because of old party costumes. Vote against Trudeau because he’s corrupt and willing to pressure his justice minister to take it easy on a big company that supported him.

Apparently, there may be more videos of Trudeau in blackface to come. He reportedly can’t remember how often he did it. As he embarks on his apology tour, reactions from Trudeau’s fellow politicians has run the gamut.

To his credit, Trudeau came out and did the work for members of the media, who were simply unable to be straight-up in their reporting and instead resorted to incredible feats of linguistic contortions to avoid saying “blackface”:

Finally, Trudeau blamed his behavior on white privilege. So predictable:

“The fact is, I didn’t understand how hurtful this is to people who live with discrimination everyday,” he said. “I didn’t see that from the layers of privilege that I have and for that I am deeply sorry and I apologize.”

It’s always the nannies and scolds telling us how to live that have the most to hide. They’re exhausting.

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)


88 Responses to “Media Lesson Today: Not All White People Wearing Blackface Incidents Are Equal”

  1. The question of politicians now becomes: Exactly who *hasn’t* worn blackface in their lives?

    Dana (05f22b)

  2. “I couldn’t see my layers of privilege for the layers of dark make-up.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  3. There must be something unusual in the progressives’ make-up – no pun intended – to push so many of them in this direction.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  4. Bless me father for I have sinned , my last confession was 57 years ago. Father, When I played left field I put shoe polish under my eyes, I am most sorry for my partial black face.

    mg (8cbc69)

  5. Matt Walsh
    The irony is that leftists got Megyn Kelly fired for making the same argument about blackface that they’re making now in defense of Trudeau


    Media: “Shhhhhh, we’re not looking for THAT sort of teachable moment.”

    harkin (58d012)

  6. The white supremacy of the Great White North. Film at 11.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  7. Canada notoriously has a race issue, they just don’t like to talk about it.

    Nic (896fdf)

  8. Memo to Trudeau: Trump 101– ‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

    Own it.

    Then trade up; you’ve begun to qualify yourself to run for governor in any state to the south.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  9. 7… they sure do! I remember Andrea Martin donning dark make-up to sing “Don’t Cry For Me, Rawalpindi” in the Canadian production of “Indira”

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  10. I want to apologize for my Halloween costume when I was 11 years old. The werewolf outfit was not intended to disrespect Lupine-Americans. I regret any impression of anti-canidaeism that may have been created.

    Fred (b3c142)

  11. Can I make a distinction here?

    I’m going to defend Trudeau here…

    There’s a distinct different between wearing a black/brown face in drama vs black faced as a minstrel.

    The former is (and I can’t believe we’re here) about drama… the later has history of mocking blacks.

    whembly (4605df)

  12. Joni Mitchell too. something in the water up there.

    JRH (14e837)

  13. #11 we have no idea why Truedumb was constantly wearing black face. Nor do we know why others have dressed up in black face. Was it to “Mock” blacks? Or just to imitate them? You can’t mind-read. I’m with the person up-thread, who stated there’s something odd when about Liberals/progressives and their weird desire to wear blackface. Of course, Truedumb also loves to dress up as an Hindu Prince. I’ll take a stab at it, and state that liberals/progressives believe they are such FRIENDS of blacks/browns minorities etc. that they can patronize blacks, call them “uncle toms”, and wear black face. After all, EVERYONE knows they are Progressive and therefor cannot be racist.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  14. The progs scold us about what we shouldn’t do and then do it vigorously themselves. Virtue is almost always cover for the sin.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  15. By the Rules of teh Woke Left, Trudeau must be taken down.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  16. Memo to Geherity:

    “They’re not even a real country anyway…”

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  17. You’re implying that the media is giving him a pass but half the links you provided are fully negative.
    They called it racist, offensive and wondered if his apology would be enough for his consistency to overlook it.

    As for Trudeau; This is hilarious. Glad to see our little brother to the north can have a clown run their country also!

    Time123 (6b7f02)

  18. Cultural appropriation, look hes a twit that blithely says canada committed suicide, he went to india and modi raised the soybean tariff 20%

    Narciso (181de5)

  19. This whole thing is getting ridiculously absurd, and it’s getting worse. Exactly what is racist and derogatory about putting on brown face and going to an Arabian Nights costume party dressed as Aladdin? It’s more a celebration or a recognition of a character in wonderfully well-told and widely-read stories than anything else. And maybe Trudeau liked Harry Belafonte and wanted to positively portray him in a high school talent show. It’s insane to call dressing up for a costume party and a talent show racist, unless the intention was to mock or denigrate another race, as blackface was.

    But this hysteria is nothing new. Remember Little Black Sambo? It was an illustrated children’s book written by Helen Bannerman in 1899. Hugely popular, it became one of the most celebrated children’s books, translated into several languages and sold all over the world for over half a century. Critics praised it, because it was one of the first books to portray a dark-skinned character positively.

    For those of you too young to remember, here’s a short synopsis. Sambo is a young Hindu boy in southern India. One day he goes out for a walk, wearing brightly colored clothes and carrying an umbrella. He encounters tigers. Out of fear of being eaten alive, Sambo takes off his clothes and offers them and his umbrella to the tigers in exchange for his life. But each of the tigers covet the clothes and begin quarreling, chasing each other around a tree. They run around so fast they turn into butter. So Sambo puts his clothes back on, picks up his umbrella, gathers the butter and takes it home, where his mother puts the butter on pancakes.

    How is that story in any way even remotely racist? It’s not. In fact, the children’s book was so popular that an American restaurant chain, Lil’ Black Sambo’s, was based on it that was also hugely successful from the fifties through the seventies, growing to over 1,100 franchises all a cross the country.

    We used to go eat there all the time when I was a kid, because they made good pancakes. There were illustrations from the children’s book around the restaurants that told the story of how butter came to be. Fun story, good pancakes with butter and syrup, what’s not to like?

    Well, it must have been in the late seventies that charges of racism were made against the franchise. Why, I don’t know, because Lil’ Black Sambo’s was a family oriented restaurant, great place for parents to take their children out for pancakes, and have them retell the story they had just read. But charges of racism bankrupted the company, and all the franchises went into foreclosure.

    Perhaps if Bannerman hadn’t used the word “Black” in the title and throughout the story, that wouldn’t have happened. But it did, and families with children are deprived of not only a good children’s book but also a good children’s restaurant.

    And what about Buckwheats? That was my favorite cereal as a kid. It was named after the grain it was made of, buckwheat, and flavored with maple sugar. Oh, man, there was nothing better in the morning than a bowl of Buckwheats with bananas before school. But there was a black character in The Little Rascals named Buckwheat, and so charges of racism were made. Those could have been easily refuted, because the cereal was named after the grain it was made from, not a character in a TV show, still charges of racism hurt sales. No, what caused the bankruptcy of Buckwheats a change in formula–they added honey to the flavoring, and it ruined the taste. Had the company not doene that, it might have survived the charges of racism.

    Take these two examples as evidence of the current plight. There was nothing racist about LIttle Black Sambo, except the use of the word “Black” in the minds of some intellectually challenged illiterates. Sambo wasn’t a Negro–he was a Hindu, and the story denigrates neither, but charges of racism, with no basis, ruined a restaurant chain. There was nothing racist about naming a cereal after the grain it was made of, but because a black character in a television show had the same name from decades before, it was deemed racist cereal. That hurt sales, but didn’t cause bankruptcy–changing the flavor did; that was a corporate mistake, much like New Coke. Still, the point remains that charging a cereal company with racism is ludicrous, on the basis of fact.

    Gawain's Ghost (b25cd1)

  20. @11/@13. Al Jolson was a Republican…

    Crosby did blackface, too; another Republican.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  21. And you miss the point, this woke prime miniater is a duffuss but he virtue signals like o’rourke mind you he gets nothing prodictive done

    Narciso (181de5)

  22. 20, that was pre-Southern strategy realignment, so they were in todays parlance Dems. Bing Crosby was a traditionalist positioned against the more-left Rat Packers, but Jolson was a cape/knight for advancement of then-Negro music.

    urbanleftbehind (2f2153)

  23. The weakest thing about this is not that he wore blackface but that he did it repeatedly and as recent as 2001.

    harkin (dc1411)

  24. 20… desperation… but I stand guilty of the bigotry of low expectations I have of you.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  25. @22. Nice try; they were Republicans.

    Hell, per his bio, Jolie backed Harding & Coolidge– ‘Reagan heroes’… hardly New Deal Dems.

    Own it.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  26. @24. Reality.

    Own it.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  27. Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Martha Raye, Buster Keaton, Laurel & Hardy, James Cagney, Joan Crawford, Walter Huston and Marion Davies all wore blackface on screen and those are just the ones I thought of off the top of my head.

    Comparing societal norms from the 20s, 30s and 40s to someone doing it in this century is lol.

    harkin (dc1411)

  28. The media has been reporting on the more important news of Trump-appointed IG Atkinson, who is under a gag order, prevented by the Acting DNI to report to a whistleblower’s testimony to Congress. Apparently, it involves Ukraine.
    Trump-Giuliani have pressured Ukraine to open investigations that have more to do with our domestic politics than anything, and Trump has withheld promised military aid, which I’m sure Putin appreciates.

    Paul Montagu (dfd657)

  29. Yes the corrupt deal that hunter biden struck with the russian controlled burissima when you wash out of the navy on thr cause of snow, there probably arent too many places that will hire you.

    Narciso (181de5)

  30. Maybe it had something to do with the way obama only offered #hashtags and weapons rather than javelin missiles,

    Narciso (181de5)

  31. we could argue that not every example of darkening the skin is the same as Al Jolson or Amos and Andy or other efforts to mock and deride an entire group of people. </blockquote. Al Jolson wasn't deriding or mocking anybody.

    By 1927 blackface wasn't really done any more.

    The scene is set in the past – the past of 1927 – when such a vaudeville scne was more common.

    Noiw, over the ears, even though the minstrel shows were dead, there were all kind of circumstances in which actors dressed in blackface.

    Sammy Finkelman (9a15c6)

  32. This is like as if in the future, it was to be a “crime” to dress as a member of the clergy.

    Bernie Sanders did that in a movie.

    Sammy Finkelman (9a15c6)

  33. Having frequently cited my Canadianness as an excuse not to take a firm opinion on something, I suppose I’m obliged to say something now:

    This makes absolutely no difference to my intended vote. I plan to vote against the Liberal Party in October purely as a matter of policy. If Trudeau had never done this I would still not vote for him; conversely, if I liked his party’s policies and trusted him to implement them, this wouldn’t change my mind. I don’t demand sainthood from my priests, I certainly am not going to set myself up for being disappointed when a politician has some tasteless behavior in his past.

    Stephen J. (3046cb)

  34. @27. Except it’s not; it goes to the very roots of perpetuating it from generation to generation

    Own it.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  35. The Babylon Bee keeps coming through:

    Elizabeth Warren Admits To Wearing Paleface At College Costume Party

    harkin (dc1411)

  36. 20. According to Wikipedia Bing Crosby did it in Dream House (1932), Mississippi (1935), Road to Singapore (1940), Holiday Inn (1942), Dixie (1943), and Here Come the Waves (1944)

    The whole thing stopped by the 1930s, except in short sketches where the actor is impersonating someone else in the sketch. The biggest objection to blackface probably was that blackface was a way of avoidinng hiring black actors. (and it doesn’t look real)

    Sammy Finkelman (9a15c6)

  37. Yes the corrupt deal that hunter biden struck with the russian controlled burissima…

    The story is a nothingburger. If Trump is withholding military aid subject to his pressuring Ukraine to conduct an investigation into Joe and Hunter, then that’s a problem.

    Paul Montagu (dfd657)

  38. @27. Postscript: here- make it easy on yourself:

    Oh my… John Wayne? Jimmy Stewart? Bob Hope? Even Shirley Temple Black did blackface?!?

    Republicans all.

    But Liz Taylor?! Who was gazing at anything but those violet eyes, anyway…

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  39. Mississippi is a very fine musical comedy with Crosby as Col. Steele, the ‘singing killer’. WC Fields is great but definitely has some moments many would perceive as offensive IIRC mostly towards Native Americans. It would be on TV a lot more except for changed societal norms.

    The whole thing didn’t stop in the 30s because I distinctly remember blackface in Yankee Doodle Dandy..

    Heck Hollywood was still doing it not so long ago but on TV, see Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman, Fred Armisen and Jimmy Fallon, they must be Republicans.

    harkin (dc1411)

  40. @36. It didn’t stop in the 30’s, Sammy. When we were living in the UK, the Brits televised ‘The Black & White Minstrel Show’ weekly. It was tei view of the American ‘Old South’ -British style- song-and-dance with banjos and tambourines, the men blackfaced, the women not. It was uncomfortably creepy to see– [even to recall now] — in B/W or in colour.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  41. Dont forget joy behar, we didnt put up this gesture in lieu of real action, they did, starbucks with their posturing about race relations, that punk kaepernick etc etc. Now it doesnt matter.

    Narciso (181de5)

  42. @29. Bill’s ‘an Ethiopian in the fuel supply’ still managed to get the message across- and get past the censors.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  43. Just remembered, Joan Crawford did it in the early 50s in Torch Song….in Technicolor!

    harkin (dc1411)

  44. Ubangi in the fuel supply.

    harkin (dc1411)

  45. 38… you’d better stop and save yourself some grief before I start listing infamous Democrats who viciously beat (or worse) black folks.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  46. Own it, disco.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  47. Pointing out that the daily basilisk has been on a tear for five six years

    Narciso (181de5)

  48. And who can forget Ted Danson’s performance when he was dating Whoopi. He’s lucky he had a career after that.

    Paul Montagu (dfd657)

  49. Paul Montagu (dfd657) — 9/19/2019 @ 7:39 pm

    You don’t understand Narciso’s logic. He seems to think that as long as he can complain about corruption among Democrats and the MSM…even when the claim of corruption is false…we are obliged to ignore Trumpian corruption..,as here, where the acting DNI is openly trying to cover up something Trump did.

    Kishnevi (e89fd2)

  50. Were trying to, including the film she did.

    Prog piety is so annoying, like the moppet thunberg (i know shes sixteen, but shes an entitled brat(

    Narciso (181de5)

  51. They get away with scandal free because the press doesnt call them on it, no da will bring charges against hillary or obama, for a dozen criminal acts, meanwhile mcdonnell delay and co go down and there is no real justice even on appeal

    Narciso (181de5)

  52. You don’t understand Narciso’s logic.

    That would imply that his garbled English is understandable enough to see any logic, but yeah, he’s all about deflecting and whatabouting and making s**t up.

    Paul Montagu (dfd657)

  53. Ubangi in the fuel supply.

    I remember it as “Ethiopian in the fuel supply”, and “Ubangi” when he asks the black roustabout if he’s “the head [or chief] Ubangi”.

    That kind of of casual racism was prevalent all the way to WWII. Agatha Christie’s play, which was novelized as “Ten Little Indians” and made into the movie “And Then There Were None”, originally came out as “Ten Little Ni**ers”. There’s Joseph’s Conrad’s book title too, and at least one short story by Jack London which has the n-word more times than a rap album, as I remember, for a couple more examples.

    And in the end, it’s all irrelevant. People could walk into Abercrombie and Fitch, and if they had $225 they could buy a Thompson submachine gun and walk out into the street with it, too. Or a Holland & Holland Nitro Express elephant gun. So what?

    nk (dbc370)

  54. What does have to do with this uber woke twit.

    Narciso (181de5)

  55. @51 Given the number of Republican Administrations during the time Hillary has been in politics and the fact that they started in Arkansas which is now deep red, and the fact that she hasn’t ever been charged with anything, I wonder why you are convinced that Hillary has committed crimes, instead of being convinced that your sources are lying to you?

    Nic (896fdf)

  56. What does have to do with this uber woke twit.


    not connected with or relevant to something.

    nk (dbc370)

  57. Its small bear compared to say the welcome he gave omar khadr the lovable noppet who murdered pfc christopher speer.

    Narciso (181de5)

  58. The New York Times has an article today that uses both brownface and blackface. I only read the start of it so far.

    Maybe the distinction is made clearer firther down in the article but as of now I would guess:

    A) Brownface is a different kind of make-up that looks more real.

    B) The character portrayed is not a descendant of the original peoples of sub-Saharan’
    Africa (meaning before the year 1500)

    It’s blackface unless both A and B are true.

    Sammy Finkelman (9a15c6)

  59. In Holiday Inn Astaire and Crosby do a number of Abe Lincoln and do it in black face. its supposed to be a Berlin song tribute to Lincoln and celebrate the freeing of the slaves. We even get some black kids at the end singing along. Larry Parks did Al Jolson in blackface in “The Al Jolson Story”. But the use of blackface is that movie is gratuitous and racist. There’s no reason to have mimicked Jolson’s 1920 blackface act. It was just bad taste.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  60. This is just more progressive/liberal BS. When the D’s or Truedumb do it, they make excuses. When the R’s do it, its “hang ’em high”. Meanwhile the sainted independents and moderates, swing back and forth like a weather vane. Its a flip of the coin, whether they’ll join the liberal lynch mob, or squeak out a few words of disapproval. How David Brooks or Rod Dreher will react, for example, is a mystery.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  61. Truedumb like most liberals – loves ‘the other’. That’s why he’s always dressing up in Hindu clothing or blackface. Deep down he wants to be a Person of Color. Or a “Minority”. Probably because he hates average white people.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  62. #60

    How could you forget Joan Crawford in blackface (Torch Song — 1953)?

    Appalled (c9622b)

  63. Re Holiday Inn, WGN-TV channel 9 used to run a “Seasons Greetings” commercial featuring the New Years Eve scene, with Bing, some female and then 2 black children dressed as Father Time and Baby New Year. That stopped about the late 1990s, perhaps due to baby new year being clothed in diaper as well as for being perceived as minstrel.

    urbanleftbehind (86c170)

  64. 53 – WC Fields and Ubangis.

    “WC Fields’ ………..Often refers to blacks as ‘Ubangis’ in his films, esp YOU CAN’T CHEAT AN HONEST MAN – he even calls Rochester the ‘head Ubangi’ in one scene; later mutters a reference to “a Ubangi in the fuel supply””.

    That’s the way I remember it. Although I think Rochester also calls himself the ‘head’ Ubangi once he realizes it might be worth $5 to do so.

    harkin (dc1411)

  65. Wasnt that with jack benny? By 2001, he should have figured out this was stupid, specially in his rarefied circles

    Narciso (181de5)

  66. The Ukrainian Interior Ministry is seeing Trump’s “investigation” into Joe and Hunter Biden for what it is.

    “Clearly,” said Geraschenko, “Trump is now looking for kompromat to discredit his opponent Biden, to take revenge for his friend Paul Manafort, who is serving seven years in prison.” Among the counts on which Manafort was convicted: tax evasion. “We do not investigate Biden in Ukraine, since we have not received a single official request to do so,” said Geraschenko.
    His remarks last week came amid widespread speculation that U.S. President Donald Trump had made vital U.S. military aid for Ukraine contingent on such an inquiry, but had tried to do so informally through unofficial representatives, including his lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Giuliani’s adviser on Ukraine, Sam Kislin.

    Assuming Trump held up military aid for that reason, this president is spreading his corruption beyond our shores and into smaller sovereign states.

    Paul Montagu (dfd657)

  67. a protector of the Ukrainian oligarch, what’s their word for swamp, they know which way their stroganoff is cooked, biden had the prosecutor fired, he even boasted of it to Richard haaas,
    all the while they were sending food rations to the Ukraine,

    narciso (d1f714)

  68. 19. You probably like Kipling too! You’re beyond salvation!

    Harcourt Fenton Mudd (0c349e)

  69. The prosecutor that Biden wanted fired was the “protector of the Ukrainian oligarch” and other corrupt Ukrainian elite. You should get your story straight.

    Paul Montagu (dfd657)

  70. “Assuming Trump held up military aid for that reason, this president is spreading his corruption beyond our shores and into smaller sovereign states.”
    Paul Montagu (dfd657) — 9/20/2019 @ 9:27 am

    Trump is too stupid to know that digging up dirt on opponents needs to go through the proper DOJ channels.

    Munroe (732181)

  71. I think it’s a fake story. “Why?”, I hear you ask. Because it’s from the media and Adam Schiff.

    nk (dbc370)

  72. the oligarch than employed hunter biden, well the basilisk, is like mikey from the life cereal commercial,

    narciso (d1f714)

  73. Biden’s pushing for the firing of Shokin made it more likely that Burisma would get investigated, not less. It was Shokin playing interference for Zlochevsky, stymying UK’s efforts to get him for laundering tens of millions. This is why the story that you and Trump and Giuliani are pushing is FakeNews.

    Paul Montagu (dfd657)

  74. Holy heck Beto thinks that will boost his poll numbers??

    harkin (dc1411)

  75. one too many wipe outs on a skateboard for skippy,

    narciso (d1f714)

  76. I recall Joey Plugs bragging about what he did and the concerns about money steered in the direction of his son in other countries, as well.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  77. I’m checking Snopes and Politifact as I type this…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  78. they are memory holing for our own good, coronello, like any anti Qatari or Houthi tweet,

    narciso (d1f714)

  79. 80… I was just kidding about teh Snopes and Politifact thing, narciso. That was for the folks who consider them unimpeachable sources.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  80. I sadly wasn’t, they do see 1984 as a how to manual, at least one who pointed out Zoolander’s agrabah interlude was deplatformed briefly,

    narciso (d1f714)

  81. The incredible, astoundingly boring, Trump whistle-blower story. The walls are closing in on Trump! Just wait, in two weeks this “Scandal” will blow over and the MSM will attack Trump with a new Lie.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  82. W.C. Fields was one of the few true comic geniuses to work in Hollywood.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  83. Exactly what is racist and derogatory about putting on brown face and going to an Arabian Nights costume party dressed as Aladdin? It’s more a celebration or a recognition of a character in wonderfully well-told and widely-read stories than anything else.

    I agree with the rest of your post, but felt compelled to respond to this. Wearing brown face to portray Aladdin based on the Arabian Nights story would be highly incorrect. According to the original story (not the Disney version), Aladdin was Chinese.

    Chuck Bartowski (bc1c71)

  84. All defenses of Truedumb are hilarious. Does anyone think any liberal – like Truedumb – would DEFEND a Conservative who dressed up in “Brown-face”? Point me to Truedumb’s words.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  85. How could you forget Joan Crawford in blackface (Torch Song — 1953)?

    Except for “Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte”, “Mildred Pierce”, and “Grand Hotel”, I’ve never watched an Joan Crawford film except by accident or under penalty of death.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  86. Never understood the whole “black-face” thing ever in 30s amd 40s Hollywood films. There’s probably an element of unthinking dumbness involved. A sort of, well Al Jolson did it back in the 20’s and no one said anything, so it must be OK. Or hey, the liberal Jewish studio execs or communist writers like Ring Lardner Jnr.or critics like Bosley Crowther think its Ok, so what the heck.

    rcocean (1a839e)

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