Rant. Huge rant.
I hate it when people tell me I should be offended by something due to my sex, race, whatever.
Enter a thing, I shall not link, pertaining to blackface floating around on tumblr. People sincerely believe I should be offended because I'm black. And a few noted me this link expecting me to be offended which is what offended me....
As most of you know, I could give a flying fuck about racist jokes that are done with the obvious intent of humor, regardless if it's politically correct or grim in nature. Why? Because it's just someone's opinion. Sure, one could argue that opinion could spread in an unintended or wrong way, but what opinion often doesn't? Just look at DA and tumblr, two places where people go batshit about something they misrepresented, blowing the entire thing out of proportion only to calm the fuck down a few days later and realizing, "oops, I over reacted." (even if they won't admit it outright)
So the post boiled down to the author saying and others saying "fuck you if you defend blackface." Well I'd have to say "fuck you for boiling down the intent of someone painting their skin as inherently racist." I should say, "fuck you for thinking that I should be inherently offended because I'm black." The author mentioned that regardless of the intention, blackface is inherently offensive and racist. Umm yea? Someone's going to be offended by something, just sayin'. Is saying "nigger" inherently offensive and is it racist? Not really, why?
Intent, purpose, meaning. When some sects of blacks call each other that term it's similar to how some homosexuals use the word "fag" it's either in satire of its original meaning or a sincere snarky yet affectionate gesture.
Ok, for a more solid relationship here. Why should I be offended if a white person paints their skin darker to look like another person? Why should this offend me? media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9ubak… Why should this offend me? 3.bp.blogspot.com/-kqwXVDOVWJo… I saw both and was offended by neither. But this is mostly because I understood the gestures as different from racism. With the Kanye thing, he's only dressing up. With Downey, it was a satire on cinema's treatment of blacks among other things.
If the person's trying to be accurate with skin color, why should it matter? I would consider this more racist than the above, api.ning.com/files/fiYzkPXujKK… and this white face could be considered racist as well. zhiphopcleveland.com/1811321/w… Because they both have a clearer emphasis on racial stereotypes more than the proceeding two costumes which were arguably at least trying to be accurate to skin hue.
Maybe I'm just "not black enough" or another "house negro" but if a black person painted themselves white (which I've seen many do for cosplay) then ok! If a white person paints themselves black for cosplay, ok!" If ___ race paints themselves as ___ race, ok! As long as it tries to be an accurate caricature of the person depicted, who the fuck should care?
The author then goes on to say this...
"No. You are wrong. It does NOT matter what the intent of it was. What Colton did was blackface. By darkening his skin for a costume, he's saying that Kanye West's skin tone IS A COSTUME. If you darken your skin for Halloween or cosplay or something of that sort, you are saying that PoC's skin tone is nothing more than a costume."
So, if someone puts in contacts, changes their hair, or some other natural physical aspect of a human being are 100% automatically saying that element is nothing more than a costume? Hair and eyes are often used as stereotypes as a person's skin to define mental capacity and social habits. If someone dresses as a blonde person are they automatically saying blonds are all dumb? What if someone put on a black wig and acted evil (as black hair is often associated with evil) are they saying all people with black hair are evil?
And while we're on the above quote, who says that making yourself look like someone down to the skin color is saying that it's nothing more than a costume besides the author? I can see how this can be taken as such, but that doesn't mean it is such. And in some regard it can be seen to someone as being an important element of that person or fictionalized character when they're trying to portray them accurately.
I personally have friends who will often go as their original skin color within a cosplay, sometimes they will paint themselves up. They just do what they feel like and don't put all this social political correctness into the process of doing so. Why? Because my groups of friends understand why it's being done and we're not so easily offended. I've had white friends darken their skin to appear more asiatic or black, black friends who've lightened their skin to appear more white or asiatic, and asian friends darken their skin to appear more black depending on who they're trying to portray. These friends tend to be super detailed about their cosplays mind you. When asked why they do it, it's because they want to portray the character as accurately as possible because they like and admire ___ aspect of that character down to the skin color.
They're not making fun of it, they're not seeing it as a costume, they're seeing it as a part of the person or character they feel should be just as accurate in depiction as the rest of their highly detailed cosplays. Personally, I just go as myself in terms of skin color. I don't see either side being wrong in this scenario.
And they don't just slap on brown or white paint... the take the time to mix the colors to match the slight variants of colors seen in black, white, and asiatic skin to the point that most of the outcomes look accurate to that race and pretty damn flawless.
So yea, there's my two cents... But you know, everything is racist and everyone should be offended regardless of intent or context and if you're not then you're an idiot.
Also, if I saw either of these, i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee… 24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbq… www.chobitsdreams.altervista.o… 25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6a… I would say fuck yes. Doesn't matter what skin color the character is that you're portraying. Go as your original skin color, or paint that shit up, I don't give a fuck - go out there, have fun.
Just don't do this unless you're being mr. popo. www.nachtkabarett.com/ihvh/img… Or this brucepoinsette.files.wordpress… (which people don't have their pants in a bunch about because, white people)