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Chinese New Year Gala Features Blackface Performers

Black group calls broadcast 'extremely disappointing'

(Newser) - Chinese state TV included dancers in blackface portraying Africans during a national broadcast as Asia welcomed the lunar Year of the Ox with subdued festivities Friday amid travel curbs to contain renewed coronavirus outbreaks. The "African Song and Dance" performance Thursday came at start of the Spring Festival Gala,...

Blackface or Just Mud? Hulu Pulls Golden Girls Episode

To the dismay of many

(Newser) - Some say Hulu has gone too far after the streaming service pulled an episode of the Golden Girls due to a potential blackface controversy. The episode features Betty White's Rose and Rue McClanahan's Blanche wearing mud masks on their faces when they meet a black family for the...

Jimmy Kimmel Slammed for 'Non-Apology' Over Blackface

Late night host is being criticized by some for his statement

(Newser) - Jimmy Kimmel is joining the long list of entertainers apologizing for past use of blackface—although he may have simply added more fuel to the fire with what some are calling a "non-apology." The late night host impersonated celebrities including Karl Malone and Oprah Winfrey in a series...

Tina Fey Yanks Blackface Episodes of 30 Rock

They have an 'ugliness' and are 'best taken out of circulation,' she writes

(Newser) - Four episodes of 30 Rock are about to become very hard to find. The episodes featuring actors in blackface are being scrubbed from TV, streaming services, and purchase platforms, at the request of NBCUniversal executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. "As we strive to do the work and...

Here's What Howard Stern Has to Say About Blackface Sketch

Radio host lampooned Ted Danson in 1993

(Newser) - The latest blackface sketch to resurface on social media: Howard Stern's 1993 skit in which he dons blackface in order to mock Ted Danson, who had earlier that year donned blackface at Whoopi Goldberg's Friar's Club Roast. As USA Today explains, Danson and Goldberg were dating at...

Jerry Falwell Jr. Just Issued a 'Rare Apology'

Liberty University president says sorry for mask 'joke' using blackface photo linked to Va. governor

(Newser) - Jerry Falwell Jr.'s attempt to make a face mask joke at the expense of his state's governor has backfired—and now it's even prompted what the New York Times calls a "rare apology" and deleted tweet from the Liberty University president. It all started when...

Fallon Talks 'Biggest Crime' of White Guys

'Tonight Show' host vows to end the silence on racism

(Newser) - Jimmy Fallon promised a "different kind of show" in returning to the Tonight Show after a weeklong hiatus on Monday—and he delivered. Days after tweeting an apology for a 2000 Saturday Night Live sketch in which he impersonated Chris Rock in blackface, Fallon opened with a somber monologue...

20-Year-Old SNL Sketch Causing Problems for Jimmy Fallon

In it, he dons blackface

(Newser) - A 2000 Saturday Night Live sketch has come back to haunt Jimmy Fallon. Fallon, now the host of the Tonight Show, was at the time an SNL cast member doing an impression of Chris Rock—in blackface. (Rock left the show in 1993.) The skit was resurfaced on Twitter...

Teacher's Halloween Get-Up Gets Him Put on Leave

Unidentified instructor raps while in blackface in class at California high school

(Newser) - A California high school teacher is on administrative leave following the "inappropriate, unprofessional, and insensitive" decision to wear blackface for Halloween. A student posted a video to Twitter on Friday showing the Milpitas High School teacher in blackface at the front of a classroom while dressed as rapper Common,...

Justin Trudeau's Racism Scandal Just Got Worse
Justin Trudeau's Racism
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Justin Trudeau's Racism Scandal Just Got Worse

Video emerges of a 3rd instance of the Canadian prime minister darkening his skin

(Newser) - Justin Trudeau's trouble is only getting worse. Canada's Global News is out with video showing the prime minister in blackface—the third example to emerge in the last day of Trudeau darkening his skin as part of a costume. Trudeau apologized Wednesday when the first two old images...

Trudeau 'Really Sorry' About Old Party Photo

Picture emerges of Canada's prime minister in brownface

(Newser) - Nearly 20 years ago, Justin Trudeau wore brownface at a party—and now it's back to haunt him. In the midst of a reelection campaign, Canada's prime minister responded to a photo in Time of him wearing brownface at a 2001 party. Trudeau said he wore the costume...

Alabama Gov.: 'Heavens No, I'm Not Going to Resign'

She apologizes for 1967 blackface skit

(Newser) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Tuesday that she should not have worn blackface in a college skit decades ago, but she does not plan to resign over something that happened so long in the past. In her first public appearance since issuing a public apology last week, Ivey reiterated that...

Sarah Silverman: Old Blackface Sketch Cost Me a Role

She says she was recently fired from a film over the 2007 incident

(Newser) - Sarah Silverman donned blackface years ago for a sketch on her old show ( a move she no longer stands by ), and the comedian revealed on a recent episode of the Bill Simmons Podcast that she was recently fired from a film over the 2007 incident. "At 11pm...

The Probe Into Northam's Yearbook Photo Is Complete

Investigators still unsure if Virginia governor is pictured

(Newser) - An investigation ordered up by a Virginia medical school failed to determine whether Gov. Ralph Northam is in a 1984 yearbook photo of a man in blackface next to someone in a Ku Klux Klan hood. Investigators with a law firm hired by Eastern Virginia Medical School said Wednesday they...

34% of Americans OK With Blackface in One Situation

When it comes to Halloween costumes, about a third say it can be acceptable: survey

(Newser) - As Virginia finds itself embroiled in not one but two blackface scandals regarding its politicians, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that more than a third of Americans have little or no problem with blackface when it comes to costumes. Pew notes that the survey was completed "almost...

Northam: 'I'm Not Going Anywhere'
Northam: Virginia
Needs My 'Moral Compass'

Northam: Virginia Needs My 'Moral Compass'

'I'm not going anywhere,' embattled governor says

(Newser) - Ralph Northam says he "doesn't live in a vacuum," and he's aware of calls for his resignation and he's "thought about resigning." But he tells CBS This Morning that "Virginia also needs someone who is strong, who has empathy, who has courage,...

Things Get Worse for Virginia's Lt. Gov.

The state Democratic Party says he should resign

(Newser) - Things are only getting worse for Virginia's embattled lieutenant governor, who lost a key source of support Saturday: his own state party, USA Today reports. Citing the "credible nature" of the latest rape allegation against Justin Fairfax, the Democratic Party of Virginia said he "no longer has...

'What Racist at Gucci Thought This Was a Good Idea?'

Luxury brand pulls $890 sweater likened to blackface

(Newser) - A new apology over a blackface controversy came Wednesday, not from Virginia's embattled governor , but from luxury fashion brand Gucci. The Italian company pulled a black balaclava-style sweater from its stores and website and apologized "for the offense caused," after social media users said the design resembled...

In Biting Editorial, WaPo Declares Northam Must Go

'Virginians deserve better'

(Newser) - Virginia's Democratic governor needs to stop making excuses and start packing his bags, the Washington Post 's editorial board has decided. Gov. Ralph Northam "can no longer effectively serve the people of Virginia who elected him," the board writes, slamming his "shifting and credulity-shredding explanations"...

Embattled Governor 'Now Considering Resignation'

Ralph Northam met with senior staffers Sunday night

(Newser) - Ralph Northam was still the governor of Virginia as of Sunday night—but with dozens of his fellow Democrats calling for him to step down over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook, few observers expect him to last another week. Sources tell the Washington Post that Northam...

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