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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

FRENCH VOGUE PUTS ON A MINSTREL SHOW!

ASIDE FROM ALL THE PAINT, HER FEATURES ARE FAR FROM BLACK......SHE COULD NOT EVEN PASS AS AN ETHIOPIAN.....WE ALL KNOW THEY HAVE VERY EUROPEAN FACIAL FEATURES




THIS CAN VERY WELL BE AN ARGUMENT BETWEEN EVERY RACE AND CONDE NAST, HOWEVER THE HUMOR STILL LIES WITHIN.....ROBERT DOWNEY JR PLAYED A BLACK GUY/MINSTREL IN A WAR COMEDY BUT IT WAS DEEMED AS A "POKE OF COMEDY". FURTHERMORE, THERE ARE PLENTY OF BLACK ACTORS AND MODELS THAT NEED AND DESERVE WORK THAT COULD HAVE PLAYED ROBERT'S ROLE OR MODELED IN LARA"S PLACE. THE FACT THAT BLACKFACE ORGINATED FOR COMICAL AND THEATRICAL PURPOSES YEARS AGO, LET'S ME KNOW THAT WE JUST MIGHT BE SEEING A LITTLE MORE MINSTREL SHOWS ON THE BIG SCREEN AND NOT SO MANY IN MAGAZINES. EVERYONE SEEMED TO BE OKAY WITH ROBERT PLAYING THE ROLE, HE EVEN WON AN AWARD!









THERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT CAN BE USED TO CREATE A BLACKFACE CARICATURE: BURNT CORK, GREASE PAINT, SHOE POLISH AND THIS ALSO USED TO EXAGGERATE LIPS.NOWADAYS MAKE-UP IS USED IN AN AIR BRUSH FORM. THOSE WITH PAINTED FACES OFTEN WORE WOOLLY WIGS, GLOVES, TAILCOATS OR RAGGED CLOTHES TO COMPLETE THE TRANSFORMATION! WHICH IS TO MOCK OR MIMICK THE AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE.
MANY OF THE CARTOONS WE HAVE LEARNED TO LOVE AND THAT HAVE BEEN DEEMED, "AMERICA'S FAVORITE" WERE INFLUENCED AND DEVELOPED BECAUSE OF THIS BLACKFACE MOVEMENT/MINSTREL SHOWS. MICKEY MOUSE WAS ONE OF THE CARTOONS INFLUENCED BY BLACKFACE AND CREATED IN 1928 BY WALT DISNEY AND UB IWERKS.



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