Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Beating Rihanna At Pep Rally

According to the Associated Press, Matthew Dishler (who posted the photo you see here; click on it for a larger version) says someone should have stopped both the use of blackface and the idea of drawing laughs from domestic violence.

One commenter wrote on ireport: "Welcome to the war against women in small town USA. Where it is OK to cheer and clap and laugh at a woman being beaten in a skit. There is a very disturbing mindset here of minimizing the violence ..." blah blah blah This person is living in a fairy world! The REAL WORLD IS LIKE THIS! Yes, people are rotten (at times)!

Another person suggests the students were laughing at two pop-star caricature-idiots: Brown for being a "beater" and Rihanna for setting the example online thru her recent tweets etc. that she is "still in love" with Brown (and we all know the women who say things like that after they've been beaten will indeed be beaten again, if not by the same guy, by another - reams of recorded history says so!)

I understand the history of what blackface used to mean. But we are moving away from that history. Today there are plenty of comedians and actors that use blackface and whiteface in their performances. The point is, while using blackface can be racist, it isn't automatically racist. In this case it was just a costume to help them better portray the couple they were mimicking.

Oh and by the way, Rihanna long ago became a laughingstock on many "fan" and other websites that ridiculed her for being beaten! (Of course the sites among those that were authored by African-Americans sidestepped any allegations of racism!) And they are snickering at her again, as she is involved now in a 3-way with Chris Brown and an Asian "actress'! Go figure!

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