Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Comedian Hasan Minhaj Breaks Down Ashton Kutcher's Brown Face

The back of Womanist Musings can be a very ugly place.  I recently posted commentary on Kutchers decision to wear brown face and inevitably, the whitesplaining and racism began.  I didn't publish the following comment on that piece, but I am going to publish it here.
Apu: Oh no, actor plays character...a not-white character even though he is white! RACISM! Well, I guess we have to chalk The Simpsons up to racist shenanigans, as well, since Hank Azaria voices Apu. Its kind of like when Ralph Bakshi made "Coonskin"...Al Sharpton accused him of a white man cashing in on the Civil Rights movement. Bakshi retorted: I'm Lebanese...

This entire blog is full of fail.
Even something as obvious as Brownface is enough to cause some people to go into denial.  I won't repeat what I have already said and besides, I think that Hasan Minhaj does it much better than I do.  This one is for those in denial about the harm this kind of characterization causes people of colour. As Minhaj says, "if you're going to be racist, come correct with your racism."