Recently I've noticed that there are a certain amount of people who are easily offended by just about everything. These people offend me.
This week's chief offender is former Dancing with the Star Julianne Hough who dressed up for Halloween as some character I've never heard of, from some reality or TV show I couldn't care less about...but from what I've read, this character is apparently black.
This came as some kind of shock to me, because when I saw the picture of Julianne in her costume...I thought she was trying to be Miley Cyrus! Speaking of Miley, didn't she offend some "Asian Pacific Americans" a few years ago by pulling her eyes in a slanted position while the paparazzi were near by? Much like Julianne Hough, she was accused of being racist, and just like Julianne recently did, apologized.
I can assure you I would never intentially insult you, unless of course it's too late and you're already insulted...in that case...screw you.
It's sort of a flashback for me because I can still remember former Cheers TV star Ted Danson getting in trouble for wearing "blackface" at a Friar's Roast and also being accused of being racist. He was sort of forgiven only after it was revealed his girlfriend at the time, Whoopi Goldberg, had put him up to it. Speaking of which, I am a huge fan of Whoopi Goldberg and I would love to dress up like her for Halloween some day but that would present several problems for me; First and foremost, Whoopi's actually much skinnier then me, and much prettier, but the biggest problem and fear for me is I'd probably be accused of being racist, which I'm not.
Honestly, racism is an ugly word that involves the idea that one's race is superior to another...but we've been throwing the word racist around for just about every stupid thing lately, that I believe we've totally diluted the meaning. We may have to invent a totally new word that means racist.
And if you don't agree with me, you're probably a racist.
(See how stupid that sounds?)
P.s. From my facebook page, my daughter's 20 year old friend Marressa summed up perfectly what I was trying to say;
On a website I go on all the time, someone said they wanted to dress like Jasmine for Halloween and they wanted to get a tan so they could fully represent her, but she was accused of being racist and using blackface... I didn't know wanting to embody the character fully and not white wash them was considered blackface...
Honestly these people that are so offended burn the harsh words out and then wonder why no one takes them seriously... Racism is more than just skin tone... Just like Race is more than just your skin tone. And blackface is not just putting on dark makeup, it's about insulting an entire race and publicly mocking them... To make them seem stupid for the case of entertainment. Ugh... The world is becoming a bunch of sissies.
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