Back when I was in university (yes, believe it or not, I do have an actual education. I am very S-M-R-T), I had the misfortune of witnessing the dumbest thing of all time.
In some media and communications theory class, we were assigned class presentations that had to be formatted like something we’d see in popular media. One young lady had the brilliant idea of doing her presentation like a talk show. Unfortunately, the talk show she chose to model her presentation on was Oprah, Oprah Winfrey’s old show.
I say it’s unfortunate not because Oprah was a bad show. It’s probably the greatest talk show of all time. What was unfortunate was that she decided to be Oprah Winfrey in her presentation, which meant leaving the room before her presentation and returning in full blackface.
Naturally, the whole class was mortified. She began her presentation in blackface, but that was quickly put to rest by the professor. I’ll forget that he said, “I’m sorry. You cannot present like this. You fail the assignment. Now get that off your face and don’t come back.”
Why was the professor so quick to fail what could have been an excellent presentation?
BECAUSE YOU NEVER, EVER PUT ON BLACKFACE.
It is one of the most offensive things you could ever do.
For those of you that don’t know, wearing blackface was common for performers in the 19th century when they were in shows that were made to ridicule and dehumanize black people.
So where am I going with this?
Oh yeah. Actress Julianne Hough had a massive lapse in judgement this weekend when she attended a Halloween party as Crazy Eyes from Orange Is The New Black (pictured above). Read more…