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Model on the Defense After 'Unrecognizable' Vogue Cover

Gigi Hadid says photo shoot 'was not executed correctly' after she's accused of donning 'blackface'

(Newser) - It's expected models will adopt varying looks during different photo shoots, but Gigi Hadid's cover for the May issue of Vogue Italia is raising more eyebrows than champagne glasses. Per the BBC , the 23-year-old was photographed by Steven Klein. She's shown on the cover (see it here... More »

University Suspends Frats, Sororities After Blackface Pic

More photos have surfaced showing fraternity members dressed up as gang members

(Newser) - A California state university has indefinitely suspended fraternities and sororities after photos surfaced showing a fraternity member in blackface and others dressed up as gang members. The move at California Polytechnic State University was announced Tuesday by school President Jeffrey Armstrong, who said in a lengthy letter to the campus... More »

Ex-Cop's Fundraiser for Freddie Gray 6: Blackface

Bobby Berger was fired from Baltimore PD in the '80s for his Al Jolson-inspired act

(Newser) - A former Baltimore police officer said yesterday that he plans to perform an Al Jolson routine in blackface to raise money for the six Baltimore officers indicted in the death of Freddie Gray. Bobby Berger, whose performances as Jolson created tension with the department in the 1980s, said yesterday that... More »

George Takei Apologizes Over 'Blackface' Insult

Says his criticism of Clarence Thomas went too far

(Newser) - George Takei is taking another crack at explaining his description of Clarence Thomas as a "clown in blackface," and this time, instead of defending the insult , he starts thusly: "I owe an apology." The Star Trek actor has posted a Facebook update to apologize for the... More »

George Takei Defends His 'Blackface' Slam on Justice Thomas

It's not racist, he says

(Newser) - George Takei is usually the one doling out criticism for those who step out of line on matters of race or equality. This time, he's the one catching flak from critics. It's over an interview the actor gave to Fox 10 Phoenix in which he called Justice Clarence... More »

Dutch Court: Yes, Blackface Holiday Character Is Offensive

Amsterdam must rethink traditional 'Black Pete'

(Newser) - The US might still have the occasional case of a white person donning blackface with exactly the results you'd expect, but the Netherlands takes it to a whole other level. Or it least it has prior to today's ruling out of Amsterdam: A city court declared that the... More »

One More Time, White People: Blackface Is Wrong

It isn't funny, just ignorant: pundits

(Newser) - Another Halloween, another white person dons blackface with predictable results. This time, it's actress Julianne Hough getting most of the heat, though there's apparently plenty of Travyon Martin impersonators out there, too, writes Roxane Gay at the Los Angeles Times . We're still taking about this? She discounts... More »

Julianne Hough Wears Blackface For Halloween

Apologizes after costume is slammed on Twitter

(Newser) - Don't celebrities pay people to advise them against this sort of thing? Actress and dancer Julianne Hough has come under fire for dressing in blackface at a Halloween party last night. The 25-year-old Dancing With the Stars regular was dressed as the character Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren from... More »

Dunkin' Donuts Red-Faced Over Blackface Ad

Thai franchise creates 'bizarre and racist' ad to promote chocolate doughnut

(Newser) - Dunkin' Donuts is worried America will run from Dunkin' over a controversial ad by its Thai franchise. The ad—which has run in print, on TV, and on the web—features a woman in blackface makeup to promote Thai outlets' new chocolate-flavored "Charcoal Donut," the AP reports. The... More »

Lawmaker Dons Blackface, Afro Wig

Dov Hikind doesn't see what the big deal is

(Newser) - A Jewish Brooklyn Assemblyman is in hot water after donning blackface and an Afro wig at his Purim party yesterday, Politicker reports. Costumes are a traditional part of Purim, and Democrat Dov Hikind says he meant no harm: "I was just, I think, I was trying to emulate, you... More »

Tom Hanks Apologizes for Blackface Video

Conservatives try linking 2004 video to actor's support for Obama

(Newser) - Tom Hanks has apologized for a 2004 video—calling it "hideously offensive"—that shows him and Glenn Frey from the Eagles playfully interacting with a man in blackface at a fundraising event at his son's school, reports the New York Daily News . The video surfaced Tuesday on... More »

Montreal Biz School Sorry for Blackface Rally

HEC says French-speaking students weren't aware of controversy

(Newser) - A Montreal business school has apologized after its students were spotted in blackface. As part of a freshmen event, the students dressed as Jamaican athletes as they reportedly chanted, “Smoke more weed.” A passing student from another school saw the event and caught it on video; it made... More »

Latest Blackface Controversy: Beyonce

Singer appears with darkened skin in French magazine 'L'Officiel Paris '

(Newser) - Beyoncé sparked controversy yesterday when images of her—with her face covered in dark paint—appeared in a French fashion magazine. In a statement, L'Officiel Paris says Beyoncé’s skin was “voluntarily darkened” as a tribute to her “African roots,” the New York Daily News reports.... More »

Tenn. Lawmaker Posts Blackface Pic on Facebook

The social networking site claims another victim

(Newser) - Tennessee state Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver is under fire for posting a picture of herself on Facebook ... posing at a Halloween party with her pastor, who is in drag (not the issue) with his face painted black (the issue). The caption the Republican lawmaker typed under the photo adds insult... More » Defends MTV Blackface Performance

'It's not a racial thing,' he tweets

(Newser) - Black Eyed Peas frontman blasted critics who skewered his blackface performance before the MTV Music Video Awards presentation. "It shouldn't be looked at as racial," he tweeted, explaining that he painted his face black "as expression and to emphasize my outfit." To those... More »

Rihanna Wears Blackface in Video

'Rockstar 101' music video features Slash on guitar

(Newser) - Rihanna wears a series of bizarre costumes in her “Rockstar 101” video, but most notable are the scenes in which her entire face and body are painted black. “She also dresses up like Slash, a train conductor, Anna Wintour, and a human harp,” notes Maureen O'Connor on... More »

French Vogue 'Black Face' Sparks Row

October edition triggers debate on racism

(Newser) - A Dutch model painted black from face to toe in French Vogue has triggered angry charges of racism. The photos of model Lara Stone, taken by US photographer Steven Klein, are part of the magazine's October issue honoring models and photo shoots through history. What French Vogue and the photographer... More »

Jackson 5 Skit Sparks Outrage—It's in Blackface

Guest judge Harry Connick Jr. calls out Australian TV performers

(Newser) - A popular Australian TV variety program is under fire internationally for a skit that depicted Michael Jackson in whiteface and the rest of the Jackson 5 in blackface. Guest judge Harry Connick Jr., was shocked. “We’ve spent so much time trying to not make black people look like... More »

Turk Broadcaster Reports on Obama in Blackface

Apparently he meant it in a good way

(Newser) - A Turkish newscaster delivered his report on President Obama’s trip to Turkey in blackface, the Huffington Post reports, in what was apparently supposed to be a strange tribute. Roughly translated, the anchor is saying, “Welcome, Mr Obama. You took our hearts with your hospitality. ... We will do whatever... More »

Immigration Chief Covered Up Racist Pics, Dems Say

Myers report highlights worries about diversity

(Newser) - The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement tried to hide pictures of her giving an award to an employee in a racially insensitive Halloween costume, House Democrats say. Julie Myers was photographed smiling and standing next to an employee in prison garb and wearing blackface, whom she awarded the night's... More »

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