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27th Apr '16 12:45:02 PM gurkle2
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* ZerothLawOfTropeExamples: The eponymous role in ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' was traditionally played by a white actor in blackface, and this remained the case long after blackface had become unacceptable in most media, though it's just as common for theatre companies and film producers to simply hire a black actor for the part.

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* ZerothLawOfTropeExamples: The eponymous role in ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' was traditionally played by a white actor in blackface, British stage and this remained the case television show ''The Black and White Minstrel Show'' continued to use blackface until 1987, long after blackface had become the practice was considered unacceptable in most media, though it's just as common for theatre companies and film producers to simply hire a black actor for the part.media.



* Many opera roles, such as Otello in Verdi's opera, and Monostatos in ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'' have been portrayed in blackface. There is still a shortage of black opera singers, but white singers playing these roles no longer black up.
* Similarily, the title character in Shakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' was traditionally played by a white actor in makeup, though the original King's Men might not have used it. It wasn't until 1943 that a black actor played the role in a major stage production of the play, but the success of that production didn't stop the common practice of using blackface to last well through the 60s.

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* Many opera roles, such as Otello Roles like the title part in Verdi's opera, ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' and Monostatos in ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'' have been portrayed in blackface. There is still a shortage of were written for white actors using makeup, and some portrayals veered toward blackface caricature. Today they are usually done without the makeup (or with black opera singers, but white singers playing these roles no longer black up.
performers) to avoid accusations of blackface.
* Similarily, the title character in Shakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' Shakespeare's was traditionally played by a white actor in makeup, though the original King's Men might not have used it. It wasn't until 1943 that a black actor played the role in a major stage production of the play, but the success of that production didn't stop the common practice of using blackface to last well through the 60s.
20th Apr '16 12:58:27 AM JackG
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* In ''The Spoilers'' (1942), Creator/JohnWayne's character blackens his face when called on to do something illegal. He hides from the ensuing posse in the room of a SassyBlackWoman who's delighted (they're in Nome, Alaska so she hasn't found any black men). The Duke plays along as a joke, but the illusion is destroyed when he takes his hat off to reveal a still-white forehead.
3rd Apr '16 7:02:04 PM JackG
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18th Feb '16 11:20:50 PM Ominae
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* Cop show ''[[AustralianTelevisionShows Boney]]'' outraged Aboriginal rights groups. Due to a shortage of suitably qualified actors, the lead role of the Aboriginal copper who solves crimes through native tracking and hunting skills was played by a white man in blackface. And he was from New Zealand.

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* Cop show ''[[AustralianTelevisionShows ''[[AustralianSeries Boney]]'' outraged Aboriginal rights groups. Due to a shortage of suitably qualified actors, the lead role of the Aboriginal copper who solves crimes through native tracking and hunting skills was played by a white man in blackface. And he was from New Zealand.
16th Feb '16 2:43:02 PM 8BrickMario
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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': Jynx was originally designed after this aesthetic before its coloring was changed to purple due to complaints. While it got a baby form with its equivalents Magmar and Electabuzz it was notably the only one of the trio that didn't receive an evolution. It is sometimes claimed to have been designed after the "ganguro" style, though it was only just beginning to come to prominence in Japan at the time. A more likely candidate is the European Zwarte Piet holiday character mentioned below, considering its Ice typing and appearance as Santa's helpers in the anime.

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': Jynx was originally designed after appeared to be uncomfortably close to this aesthetic before its coloring was changed to purple due to complaints. While it got a baby form with its equivalents Magmar and Electabuzz it was notably the only one of the trio that didn't receive an evolution. It is sometimes claimed to have been designed after the "ganguro" style, though it was only just beginning to come to prominence in Japan at the time. A more likely candidate is the European Zwarte Piet holiday character mentioned below, considering its Ice typing and appearance as Santa's helpers in the anime.anime, or the Yama-Uba of Japanese folklore, a white-haired woman with dark, frostbitten skin, who lives in the mountains.
7th Feb '16 8:13:07 PM CaptainCrawdad
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Because of its pervasiveness in the US and the UK for such a long time, blackface imagery was also transported to other countries, where the lesser cultural stigma allowed it to continue. Blackface characters still pop up in Japanese culture and media from time to time, often causing [[ValuesDissonance massive headaches for exporters]].

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Because of its pervasiveness in the US and the UK for such a long time, blackface imagery was also transported to other countries, where the lesser cultural stigma allowed it to continue.continue for longer. Blackface characters still pop up in Japanese culture and media from time to time, often causing [[ValuesDissonance massive headaches for exporters]].
7th Feb '16 8:12:11 PM CaptainCrawdad
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'''Blackface''' is the tradition of a performer putting on stylized black makeup to appear as a stereotyped character of African descent. The usual version included dark or pitch-black makeup and bulging red or white lips. Blackface performances often took the form of MinstrelShows. The image became associated with negative stereotypical depictions of blacks in the Anglo-Saxon world and became shorthand for anti-black racism. As much as some people would like to forget it, blackface performances were mainstream American entertainment for almost 100 years until racial backlash ultimately capsized it.

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'''Blackface''' is the tradition of a performer putting on stylized black makeup to appear as a stereotyped character of African descent. The usual version included dark or pitch-black makeup and bulging red or white lips. Blackface performances was often took the form of used in MinstrelShows. The image became associated with negative stereotypical depictions of blacks in the Anglo-Saxon world and became shorthand for anti-black racism. As much as some people would like to forget it, blackface performances were mainstream American entertainment for almost 100 years until racial backlash ultimately capsized it.
7th Feb '16 8:11:11 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** Vice Principal Lionel Klotz, at Mayfield Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario, dressed as Creator/MrT in chains and blackface. He was briefly suspended for a time.
** Julianne Hough dressed as a black inmate from ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'', complete with blackface. She apologized for doing this.

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** Vice Principal Lionel Klotz, at Mayfield Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario, dressed as Creator/MrT in chains and blackface. He was briefly suspended for a time.
suspended.
** When Julianne Hough dressed and friends went as a black inmate characters from ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'', complete with blackface. Hough dressed as "Crazy Eyes," a black inmate. Her costume included face make-up to darken her skin, which caused a controversy. She apologized for doing this.later apologized.



* Rachel Dolezal, former member of the NAACP, left her job in 2015, after it was discovered that she was a white woman posing as a black woman for several years.
7th Feb '16 8:06:49 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Really, nearly every studio during UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation did this as a gag at some point. At least one Creator/{{Terrytoons}} short has done this, as seen on Jerry Beck's site.

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* Really, nearly every studio during UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation did this as a gag at some point. At least one Creator/{{Terrytoons}} ''Creator/{{Terrytoons}}'' short has done this, as seen on Jerry Beck's site.
7th Feb '16 2:19:24 PM nombretomado
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* Really, nearly every studio during TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation did this as a gag at some point. At least one Creator/{{Terrytoons}} short has done this, as seen on Jerry Beck's site.

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* Really, nearly every studio during TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation did this as a gag at some point. At least one Creator/{{Terrytoons}} short has done this, as seen on Jerry Beck's site.
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