A High School Reenacted Chris Brown’s Beating of Rihanna (with Blackface)
Last Friday, Waverly High School in New York state hosted a pep rally for their sports teams—fanfare, mascots, jocks, cheerleaders—all good, clean, American fun. Then, because it makes total sense to do this in this context of an official high school jamboree, three white kids in blackface took center stage and performed a skit depicting that time Chris Brown savagely beat Rihanna to within an inch of her life and tried to throw her out of a moving car. Good, clean, American fun.
Obviously people on the internet are pissed off about it, so I tracked down a guy who goes to the school, is friends with the people in the skit, and just wants all this nasty stuff about his racist pals to go away. Here’s what he said.
VICE: So, what went down at this pep rally, exactly?Student: A kid dressed as Chris Brown acted like he hit a girl with an umbrella, but he didn’t actually hit her. Then someone dressed as a cop tackled him, handcuffed him, and it was over.
Were you involved?All I’m really going to say is that I know the people who did the skit. They’re my best friends and they are in no way racist. The thing everyone’s calling blackface was horrible back in the day when racism was huge, but there are so many actors and actresses dressing up as every ethnicity nowadays. It’s not the 1920s anymore, it’s 2012.
Right, it’s not. But surely it’s still offensive?The people who did the skit were just playing a character—it’s the same thing as what the actors did inWhite Chicks. It wasn’t a big deal and I know a lot of other people feel the same way as I do about how it wasn’t racist. We aren’t taught that blackface is wrong at school because it’s a different age now. It’s not showing disrespect to anyone, it’s just playing a character.
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A High School Reenacted Chris Brown’s Beating of Rihanna (with Blackface)

Last Friday, Waverly High School in New York state hosted a pep rally for their sports teams—fanfare, mascots, jocks, cheerleaders—all good, clean, American fun. Then, because it makes total sense to do this in this context of an official high school jamboree, three white kids in blackface took center stage and performed a skit depicting that time Chris Brown savagely beat Rihanna to within an inch of her life and tried to throw her out of a moving car. Good, clean, American fun.

Obviously people on the internet are pissed off about it, so I tracked down a guy who goes to the school, is friends with the people in the skit, and just wants all this nasty stuff about his racist pals to go away. Here’s what he said.

VICE: So, what went down at this pep rally, exactly?
Student: A kid dressed as Chris Brown acted like he hit a girl with an umbrella, but he didn’t actually hit her. Then someone dressed as a cop tackled him, handcuffed him, and it was over.

Were you involved?
All I’m really going to say is that I know the people who did the skit. They’re my best friends and they are in no way racist. The thing everyone’s calling blackface was horrible back in the day when racism was huge, but there are so many actors and actresses dressing up as every ethnicity nowadays. It’s not the 1920s anymore, it’s 2012.

Right, it’s not. But surely it’s still offensive?
The people who did the skit were just playing a character—it’s the same thing as what the actors did inWhite Chicks. It wasn’t a big deal and I know a lot of other people feel the same way as I do about how it wasn’t racist. We aren’t taught that blackface is wrong at school because it’s a different age now. It’s not showing disrespect to anyone, it’s just playing a character.

CONTINUE

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    Really?!?!?!
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    The kids performing the “skit” and everyone laughing in the background needs a harsh lesson in reality. Almost 1/3rd of...
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    almost even more disgusted by all the white faces in the audience laughing
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    Read the whole thing. Dude takes oblivious bigotry to the next level.
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  19. lrndsgn said: Besides the racists implications, why the fuck were these kids pretending to beat women? Why does no one care about that?
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    the best thing i’ve seen all day !