Blackface and Me

Folks, I swear to God, I have no idea why all my links today are about PC insanity but that’s all I see coming up in my humongous newsfeed.

I just discovered that I’ve been doing blackface for years without realizing it and very very honestly not wanting to mock black people. Thing is, I love facial care products. It’s a lifelong hobby of mine to try out new ones. My favorite product is facial masks. I have a whole collection of them, and I’m even subscribed to a service that sends me new and interesting ones.

I know that everybody has died of boredom already because who cares about my boring facial masks, right? Here is the problem, though. Some of the most popular (and effective) masks on the market are mud, charcoal and chocolate masks. And it turns out they are not really facial care products but actually an insidious way for evil white women to do blackface on a regular basis.

Another popular mask (also very effective) is the milk mask that’s aggressively white. I don’t know if that one is ideologically suspect, too. Like in, are you saying that everybody needs to be whiter than is humanly possible, you evil racist?

Yet another issue is that all the best masks are from South Korea, a country that is a recognized world leader in beauty products. Many (or probably most) of those masks are advertised and marketed as whitening. I tend to break out in freckles every spring, so I love these masks. But again, racist much?

I didn’t have to make my shameful history of blackface public because it’s not like I’m 11 and take photos of myself in my masks to put on Instagram but I’m just trying to stay ahead of the curve. Soon enough, Amazon, Facebook, and everybody else will be publishing our purchase history and the truth about our racist, sexist, homophobic, and transphobic purchases will be out in the clear anyway.

Nobody will win in this game. Except the owners of Twitter and Facebook.

6 thoughts on “Blackface and Me”

  1. ” I’ve been doing blackface for years ”

    I’m pretty sure the upside down emoji in the original post was supposed to indicate it was a joke, but it’s a sign of the times that so many people didn’t get it…


    1. Jesus, that DNA plan.

      On blackface, I don’t think masks count.

      An interesting case of blackface here is the Krewe of Zulu, which is black but wears blackface (and some riders are fairly light skinned or are white or look white, so blackface does help make sure all riders are in character as part of Zulu). There are also the Mardi Gras Indians, who are of African descent but dress in fanciful Native American inflected garb.


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