2013 Halloween Trend = Blackface?

Everyday people, high profile fashion designers, and even celebrities have no filter and no boundary lines by revisiting the degrading trend of blackface.

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What originally started as theater makeup for minstrel shows in the 19th century, as white people painting their face in black paint and feeding into stereotypical black activities, is once again emerging in 2013. In a attempt to have the most creative and over the top halloween costumes this year, people are taking it too far and are down right offensive.

8 hours ago the Huffington post published an article about high profile fashion designers, and others, partaking in the blackface culture as they disguised themselves to fit the theme of an African Halloween Disco Party in Italy yesterday.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/28/fashion-designer-blackface-halloween-party_n_4170014.html

Not to mention the several people think it’s ok to dress as Trayvon Martian for Halloween this year.

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Clearly this blackface issue is turning into an ignorant, insensitive trend, and needs to be stopped. Halloween is about being spooky, creative, and fun so I hope you all think before you dress.

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Creative or Racist?

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Even though Halloween hasn’t approached quite just yet, a lot of people went out this weekend in costumes. Actress/dance Julianne Hough was spotted with a couple of her gal friends dressed as the cast of Orange Is The New Black— the only problem what that is Julianne wore blackface.
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After the backlash, Hough took to her twitter account to say:
“I am a huge fan of the show Orange is the New black, actress Uzo Aduba, and the character she has created. It certainly was never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way. I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize.”

 

I understand Julianne was dressed as a fictional character and is more than likely not racist– but another picture surfaced the web of three actual racists who thought it was “hilarious” to dress up as the deceased teen Trayvon Martin and the murderer George Zimmerman.

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So we gotta ask.. Is this Creative or Racist