What does Blackface represent? Insightful Writings

Hi-ya thinkers. Be prepared, really great articles are coming up! Reading!

Coming up to halloween, there was a campaign run by Ohio Uni students asking people to think twice before dressing as a culture.

Their point is that is it disrespectful to make a culture a gimmick exaggerated for the laughs. They feel to dress as a culture takes away a members personal legitimacy. This can be true, if you see an excellent parody of a serious film, for example, it is hard to take the serious film, well, seriously. Brokeback Mountain, for example. You know what I mean.

Blackface is a popular “costume” and very entrenched in our not just American culture.

Post halloween, amongst some black faces there was a neat costume idea (though tricky to pull off) ‘Her face is black, but its not blackface‘ (below and link) and we got blackface.

Would you accuse her of using blackface?

Blackface has been known to make some people laugh and it can insult others with its representation of oppression, so ‘When has blackface ever ended well?‘ Here, too, the author asks that people just think about what they are dressing as. The link explains with great links that blackface is used to perpetuate and justify the oppression of black people.

Coming up to December and the holiday Sinterklass, blackface is a dangerous topic in the Netherlands as well. For Sinterklass wiki link a gift bearing man arrives with his “helpers” who are traditional parodies of North African slaves. In a new generation of non-slave owners, the story of the helpers has been changed to explain away the blackface as soot from chimney climbing. Our writer here argues while the story has (flimsily) changed, the feeling and underlying message of blackface is to ridicule a race and culture. 

All these wonderful articles go on to ask other important questions, and give more information and opinions about blackface. Did you find them interesting?

So what do you think? Is racism entrenched in our culture? What did you dress as for halloween? Can blackface be funny? What is stronger, the history of blackface and what it represents, or the attitude that we are in a different, more neutral, age now? Bad, y/n?

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Save The Bird!

Heya Honchos.

You may have seen around, perhaps on facebook too, a campaign to Save The Bird!

The bird is the logo of a Montreal based organization Yellow Bird Project who, as you can see below, make and sell t-shirts designed by indie bands and use the profits to support charities.

Its such a neat idea, who ever has enough shirts? Their shipping international is super reasonable. As well as t-shirts, they sell tea and colouring books to support YBP.

Their latest campaign, Save The Bird just took a turn for the awesome. They have an interactive series of videos allowing you to chase the bird-napper that took the bird! Its so much fun! Click below to chase that thief down!

What do you think of this campaign? Do you like any of the shirts on YBP? How are you today? Did you help Save The Bird?

Reading Blogs, Working and Fug

Hey wage earners!

Middle-management -ha- amirite! Spending a lot of time at your desk? Allowing yourself a few breaks. Breaks to peruse your favourite blogs?

All the time, buddy, all the time. Breaks and the snorting and laughter that comes from them, help my spirits and work ethic. Science!

Go Fug Yourself is especially funny today. They have two tv shows on the go that they are making fun of critiquing. Laughing gets the blood flowing. I’m not the only one who loves it – for a great examples of their wit Female Gazing has some posted. FYI its Gazing BY women, not AT. We’ll have the latter later!

These are shows I would never watch, screen-capped by intelligent, fashion-wise, and hilarious women. The shows this season are ‘Ringer’ and ‘Hart of Dixie.’ My word, the fashion choices! GFY comments that formal shorts and lower buttock “are not the new black” despite these shows best efforts. Word to the wise.

 

The best thing about GFY is that they totally love having Sarah Michelle Gellar oh Buffy! and Rachel Bilson (see above – in black) oh Summer! back on tv. Who wouldn’t! They are awesome and funny, despite the shows.

Lighthearted but not stupid, appreciating what we’ve got. In this case charming actresses in silly outfits. Thats how I like my mid-day comedy. How do you take yours?