By: Philip | 02-19-2019 | Opinion
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Everything Is Problematic: Charcoal Face Masks

Late last month, a college professor labeled the Disney musical Mary Poppins racist calling the chimneysweep dancing scene "a parody of blackface." As if to one-up the New York Times Op-ed by professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, some folks this week have upped the ante as they foam at the mouth claiming that charcoal masks are also a form of blackface.

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Poe's Law is in full effect as it becomes more and more difficult to ascertain what is genuine outrage and what is the result of trolls mocking said outrage by feigning upset over ridiculous non-issues... like Katy Perry's recently discontinued line of shoes which have also recently been cited as an example of blackface.

As is the case so many times, it's not even the group of people supposedly "targeted" getting offended in many cases here.

All this in what has got to be one of the most questionable Black History Months in recent memory. What with Jussie Smollett's hate crime hoax, the governor of Virginia admitting to wearing blackface, his African American Lt. Gov. being accused of sexual improprieties, the Gucci "blackface" scandal, the all-white Adidas "Harlem Renaissance" sneaker, Liam Neeson's admission of wanting to kill a black man after a friend of his was raped, Jennifer Lopez headlining a Motown tribute and (one of my personal favorite flukes of this Black History Month) Bill Cosby comparing himself to Martin Luther King Jr. or Gandhi as a "political prisoner" I'm sure some folks would just as soon have a do-over.

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A search for 'charcoal face mask' on Twitter brings back a mixed bag of tweets regarding face masks in general and several recent ones related to the manufactured outrage scandal du jour. If you search for charcoal face mask Twitter's algorithms currently are auto-suggesting "racist." A search for 'charcoal face mask racist' though brings back far more results related to how ridiculous and inconsequential the whole thing is in the first place.

Many have, rightly so, questioned whether the whole thing is intentional parody or satire or if people can really be that oversensitive.

Though the Daily Mail article was the catalyst for the most recent debate, there is plenty of mention of how charcoal face masks may or may not be racist. Once again, it's not always that easy to tell what is a joke and what isn't.

At least a few people are willing to admit that context matters. Face mask? Not racist. Face mask with racist captions? Probably racist.

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Another important thing to remember that we always try to warn folks about in our Everything is Problematic segments: just because it's not considered inappropriate this week, doesn't mean it won't be next week, next month or next year. Case in point:

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tab No. 93841 2019-02-19 : 20:27

the jigaboos are out-of-control.. yes, again....

Jammer No. 93864 2019-02-24 : 18:50

Yeah and the Wayan brothers should be harmed for their insensitive movie, “White Girls”. I only wish this kind of revealing insanity of the left will go on and on. Maybe Trump could serve three or four terms like FDR if three quarters of the states throw out the presidents term limits.

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