To be as simple as possible, a few people in these articles thought it would be a great idea to dress up as celebrities…even if it meant changing the colour of their skin.
How you view these articles all depends on how offended you get and what you want to describe this as. Some would call this racist, some would call it a costume. For me, both some-what apply.
I don’t see a problem in dressing up as a celebrity you idolize, but to go as far as painting your skin due to race is where I have a little problem. I won’t say it’s 100% racist, but I can understand people being offended by this.
Truthfully though, it’s not the end of the world. This will most likely continue; people may imitate what was done in the articles, but they aren’t doing it to be disrespectful. And this doesn’t even have to be focused on race, sexism also plays a role in this. I’ve seen plenty of girls dress as guys and vise versa at the conventions I go to and no one seems to get offended, because no one is doing it out of disrespect.
It’s the stereotypes that are a concern. For example, the man with the bomb strapped to his chest. He’s clearly trying to portray a suicide bomber. For me, that’s no laughing matter, and this is obviously not a good influence or someone to look up to.
This is because of the events that happen around us. For instance, 9/11. 9/11 was absolutely tragic and we lost so many lives from the planes crashing into the Twin Towers…but just because the people on those planes were Islams, doesn’t mean all Islams are out to crash planes. In society today, we let certain events automatically predict how certain races behave, and it’s wrong. We label people falsely. We can joke about this stuff, but there is a fine line between joking and being ignorant.
- Not all Italians are part of the Mafia
- Not all Asians are bad drivers
- Not all Mexicans are illegal immigrants
- Not all black people carry a gun
I think as a class, we’re smart enough to know when we cross the line.