Blackface challenge


Note: I pulled this post because I thought it was too controversial. But here we are in the news again defending or not defending blackface.

Let me just say that being in blackface next to a KKK costume is truly offensive.

But Joy Behar darkening her skin for Halloween in the 70s is just ignorance. She didn’t have hate in her heart.

We need to pick up on these differences and move on. What someone is doing today is certainly more relevant. And so you can hate me for this post.

Those were innocent youthful times when people didn’t second guess everything for being “PC”. Something as a young gay man fighting for my rights I never wanted to be amyway.

There are plenty of gay stereotypes in the media. I am offended because I know we are more than those characters. But I can laugh at them too. At least we are being seen if not in the best light possible. Change takes time.

The first step is acknowledging we exist. The next step is proving we add value. The final step is accepting us for who we are as a person and not singling us out for our diversity.

It is a real challenge not to be prejudicial. But that is how we survive. We judge situations based on past experiences or learned behavior. The goal is to unlearn the behavior. Not an easy task…. and so here is my offensive post. Enjoy.

I have voted. Now that that is out of the way I can focus on more entertaining things, like Halloween! I used to celebrate this day in costume when I was younger. As a sales clerk we were encouraged to dress up. I was a vampire, the devil, a cowboy, and once dress up as Prince which would be a shameful thing to do now, but in the 80s I was just enjoying the tight clothes and lace.

I now know how offensive that was to wear blackface. Times have changed. My picture could not be tweeted all across the globe. We had to wait for PhotoMat to develop them. As for learning about the bigotry and racism of such a costume there was no internet to research it. It wasn’t even a topic in history class. Heck I was watching Al Jolson movies on channel 13. If you Google him now you will find that he was “The World’s Greatest Entertainer”, “Shameless” and “sentimental”, “melodramatic”.

So we have learned a lot since the 80s about what is proper and what is offensive to others. Political Correctness is a product of the 90s. I only bring this up because every year around Halloween somebody gets in trouble for defending or doing “blackface” as part of their costume. Seriously, I loved Prince and I thought I was paying him a tribute, not mocking him. I guess I am a white supremacist after all.

Grace Jones

I am almost afraid to post this blog because of the backlash it could produce. But know this, my ignorance is not an excuse. Society has moved on and we have a greater understanding of what hurts others or is prejudice, sexist or racist. Prince was one of my role models because of his androgynous looks. So was Boy George. These were some early heroes of equality: David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Grace Jones and the list goes on and on. The desire to emulate our heroes is a good thing, just maybe not to look like them

Maybe Boy George would have been a better choice.

As for the Megan Kelly incident, I don’t like her anyway, but not because she said something stupid about Halloween costumes.

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