The Caffeinated Penguin

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Speaking of race

Posted By on August 4, 2012

Speaking of race, I encountered this article, which basically says that being white and dressing up as a nonwhite character is fine, unless you color your skin. Digging through the comments, the rules seem to be:

# Using blue body paint to be one of the aliens from Avatar? Fine.
# I dress up as Kirk, and Liz paints her skin green and wears a bikini? Also fine (and hawt).
# I use black body paint and dress up like a Klingon? Probably fine.
# I dress up and use black paint to be Ben Sisko (one of the most badass federation commanders ever, I might add – I mean, come on, the dude punched Q), then I’m being offensive because of the historical connotations of blackface.

Really? Really? We haven’t gotten past this? I mean, that was one of the core themes of original Trek which Roddenberry wanted to address, and that was FIFTY YEARS AGO.

Why, when there are so many other things to fight about, we’re still getting all butthurt over arbitrary conditions of genetics?


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