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15th Mar '17 12:15:41 PM jamespolk
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12th Mar '17 4:55:27 PM Eagal
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* DudeNotFunny: Any attempt to use these stereotypes today will rightly evoke this response, except occasionally in the kind of humor that CrossesTheLineTwice.
6th Mar '17 9:51:17 PM Lanes17B
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* In ''Film/1941'', when Sgt. Tree's tank heads to the Pacific to face against the Japanese sub, Private Jones, played by Frank McRae gets flour on his face, and Pvt Foley, played by John Candy, laughs at him. Until Jones points out that he has soot on his face, and guffaws while telling Foley to "go the back of the tank."
2nd Mar '17 3:16:58 PM margdean56
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* In an AprilFoolsDay crossover strip made for ''Pilote'', the original magazine that ran ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' and other characters like ''ComicBook/BarbeRouge'' (a gang of pirates who the [[RunningGag perennial]] useless pirates in ''Asterix'' are based on). In the comic, the Gauls and the (two white) pirates team up to play a joke on one of the other ''Pilote'' characters, who was always drawn in black and white, pretending they were going to colour him in with paint but instead just painting him completely black. While they're all laughing at him, Baba (a reasonably-drawn black pirate) comes in at the back, saying hi and asking what's going on. The captain's response:

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* In an AprilFoolsDay crossover strip made for ''Pilote'', the original magazine that ran ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' and other characters like ''ComicBook/BarbeRouge'' (a gang of pirates who the [[RunningGag perennial]] useless pirates in ''Asterix'' ''Astérix'' are based on). In the comic, the Gauls and the (two white) pirates team up to play a joke on one of the other ''Pilote'' characters, who was always drawn in black and white, pretending they were going to colour him in with paint but instead just painting him completely black. While they're all laughing at him, Baba (a reasonably-drawn black pirate) comes in at the back, saying hi and asking what's going on. The captain's response:



* ''Film/{{The Birth of a Nation|1915}}'' used blackface not as a comedic device, but as a means to allow white actors to portray black and "mullato" characters in an overtly racist film.

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* ''Film/{{The Birth of a Nation|1915}}'' used blackface not as a comedic device, but as a means to allow white actors to portray black and "mullato" "mulatto" characters in an overtly racist film.



* In one of the ''Literature/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' books, the town has a contest where different townsfolk each put on a little show. Laura's father and a few his friends win it with a Blackface routine. Don't bother looking for this scene on the [[Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie television series]], obviously.
* Part of the immense, ''immense'' controversy involved in the [[VanityPublishing self-published]] ''[[Literature/SaveThePearls Revealing Eden]]'' book is that, in its future where [[PersecutionFlip blacks have all the cultural cache and whites are a minority]], a number of whites use "Midnight Luster" cream that not only protects against UV radiation but allows them to "pass" as black. And yes, there were trailers for the book featuring white actresses in blackface.

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* In one of the ''Literature/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' books, the town has a contest where different townsfolk each put on a little show. Laura's father and a few of his friends win it with a Blackface routine. Don't bother looking for this scene on the [[Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie television series]], obviously.
* Part of the immense, ''immense'' controversy involved in the [[VanityPublishing self-published]] ''[[Literature/SaveThePearls Revealing Eden]]'' book is that, in its future where [[PersecutionFlip blacks have all the cultural cache cachet and whites are a minority]], a number of whites use "Midnight Luster" cream that not only protects against UV radiation but allows them to "pass" as black. And yes, there were trailers for the book featuring white actresses in blackface.
2nd Mar '17 3:12:57 PM margdean56
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* OldShame: For American culture in general. In its heyday, blackface was a major part of America's distinct artistic culture. Today it's treated as an embarrassing episode in American history. Many beloved film and cartoon characters appeared in blackface in the early days of film and animation, when the trope was still mainstream. The companies who now own these intellectual properties are understandably reluctant to air them out.

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* OldShame: For American culture in general. In its heyday, blackface was a major part of America's distinct artistic culture. Today it's treated as an embarrassing episode in American history. Many beloved film and cartoon characters appeared in blackface in the early days of film and animation, when the trope was still mainstream. The companies who now own these intellectual properties are understandably reluctant to air them out.them.
25th Feb '17 10:38:54 PM Lanes17B
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* ''Series/Tosh0'' once featured a Webredemption for the [[http://www.cc.com/video-clips/l11uc6/tosh-0-web-redemption---blackface-kid---uncensored little boy who dressed up as Martin Luther King Jr.]], make up and all, as part of his Black History project.
15th Feb '17 10:21:56 PM Lanes17B
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* The episode, [[Series/AdamRuinsEverything ''Adam Ruins:'']] [[ChristmasEpisode Christams]] averts this when Adam talks about the different incarnations of SantaClaus. He talks about the Dutch Sinterklass' slave, Black Peter, but his sister, Reah, prevents the camera from showing a man in blackface.

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* The episode, [[Series/AdamRuinsEverything ''Adam Ruins:'']] Adam Ruins:]] [[ChristmasEpisode Christams]] averts this when Adam talks about the different incarnations of SantaClaus. He talks about the Dutch Sinterklass' slave, Black Peter, but his sister, Reah, prevents the camera from showing a man in blackface.
15th Feb '17 10:19:13 PM Lanes17B
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* The episode, [[Series/AdamRuinsEverything ''Adam Ruins:'']] [[ChristmasEpisode Christams]] averts this when Adam talks about the different incarnations of SantaClaus. He talks about the Dutch Sinterklass' slave, Black Peter, but his sister, Reah, prevents the camera from showing a man in blackface.
4th Feb '17 3:50:34 PM Lanes17B
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* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory,'' [[NoSocialSkills Sheldon Cooper]] invites [[Creator/LeVarBurton LeVar Burton]] to his podcast ''Fun With Flags,'' and, despite Leonard telling him it was racist, shows him a video of him portraying George Washington Carver. Burton was not pleased.
24th Jan '17 9:05:56 PM Lanes17B
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* Film/DearwhitePeople begins with a HowWeGotHere moment, where the main cast watch a news report depicting the race riot that ensued when a predominantly white fraternity threw blackface party. A montage following the end of the film showcased numerous pictures that [[AluminumChristmasTrees showed such parties happening across numerous American universities.]]

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* Film/DearwhitePeople ''Film/DearwhitePeople'' begins with a HowWeGotHere moment, where the main cast watch a news report depicting the race riot that ensued when a predominantly white fraternity threw blackface party. A montage following the end of the film showcased numerous showed pictures that [[AluminumChristmasTrees showed such parties happening across from [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer numerous American universities.universities were such parties had taken place.]]
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