The long, sordid history of Blackface

The long, sordid history of Blackface
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CNN’s John Avlon breaks down the history of blackface after a number of recent political controversies, but it’s not just Virginia politicians.

Prominent people in the worlds of politics and entertainment have gotten into hot water for wearing blackface long before Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and state Attorney General Mark Herring recently admitted to it.
Blackface dates back nearly 200 years, when white performers started darkening their faces with polish and cork to mock enslaved Africans in minstrel shows. These displays depicted black people as lazy, ignorant, cowardly or hypersexual. It was racist and offensive then and still is today.
Here’s a (growing) list of politicians and celebrities who’ve gotten in trouble over blackface. (Note: We’re not including regular people — and there have been plenty of those cases.)

Louisiana House of Representatives candidate Robbie Gattie dressed like Tiger Woods for a church event
https://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/news/2017/02/27/political-website-shows-la-house-candidate-blackface/98478246/

South Carolina county council candidate Brant Tomlinson dressed like a Jamaican bobsledder for a Halloween party
https://wach.com/news/local/kershaw-community-outraged-by-photo-of-councilman-candidate-in-black-face

Former Florida Secretary of State Mike Ertel, as a Hurricane Katrina victim at a Halloween party
https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2019/01/24/new-secretary-state-ertel-dressed-blackface-halloween-2005/2649161002/

Illinois state Senate candidate Hal Patton dressed up as a black football player https://www.bnd.com/news/local/article213281774.html

Florida state Rep. Anthony Sabatini, who dressed up as his best friend
https://www.wesh.com/article/state-representative-anthony-sabatini-under-fire-for-wearing-blackface-in-2005-photograph/26227240

New York state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who dressed like a “black basketball player” for a Jewish holiday
https://www.cnn.com/2013/02/25/us/new-york-lawmaker-blackface/index.html

Actor Ted Danson, while roasting then-girlfriend Whoopi Goldberg and repeatedly using the N-word
https://www.apnews.com/59a857fd2b10063314283c524f8a851c

Actor C. Thomas Howell, in the 1986 film “Soul Man”
https://film.avclub.com/c-thomas-howell-on-the-outsiders-blackface-and-how-m-1798236526

Actress and singer Julianne Hough dressed as the character Crazy Eyes from “Orange is the New Black”
https://www.cnn.com/videos/showbiz/2013/10/28/nr-live-julianne-hough-offends-with-halloween-costume.cnn

Actor Billy Crystal, as the late Sammy Davis Jr. on “Saturday Night Live” and at the 2012 Oscars
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/billy-crystal-oscars-blackface-criticism-sammy-davis-295558

Jimmy Kimmel, dressed as Karl Malone on “The Man Show”

Jimmy Fallon, as Chris Rock on “Saturday Night Live”
https://www.theroot.com/the-trouble-with-jimmy-fallon-1791134327

Paula Deen and her son, dressed as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo from “I Love Lucy”
https://www.cnn.com/2015/07/07/living/paula-deen-brownface-feat/index.html

Robert Downey Jr., in the movie “Tropic Thunder”
https://www.theroot.com/and-the-blackface-oscar-goes-to-1790868842

Gene Wilder, in shoe polish in “Silver Streak”
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-gene-wilder-dead-silver-streak-movies-20160830-snap-story.html

Talk show host Megyn Kelly, who asked on her show “what is racist” about blackface
https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/23/media/megyn-kelly-blackface/index.html

Drake, who was revealed to have posed in blackface when Pusha T used the photo as cover art for his single
https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/31/entertainment/drake-pusha-t-blackface/index.html

Spanish soccer player Andrés Iniesta, who tweeted a picture of himself posing with two people in blackface
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/07/football/andres-iniesta-blackface-social-media-spt-intl/index.html

French soccer player Antoine Griezmann, who wore blackface as part of a costume for a 1980s themed party
https://www.cnn.com/2017/12/18/football/antoine-griezmann-blackface-costume-atletico-madrid/index.html

Joni Mitchell, who appeared in blackface on the cover of her 1977 album “Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter”
https://www.cnn.com/2015/02/11/entertainment/feat-joni-mitchell-black-man/index.html

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