The last time blackface got this much ink, Al Jolson was singing “Mammy,” but at least accusing him of donning blackface was accurate. Looking at the allegations we hear about today though, it’s as if social justice warriors are engaging in 24/7 Rorschach tests.
There was the case of columnist Rashaad Thomas condemning a vintage photo of soot-covered coalminers, actress Julie Andrews’ soot-covered face in the 1964 film “Mary Poppins,” and now to complete our Rorschach hat-trick, a line of shoes from the Katy Perry Collection that have been yanked because the SHOES! are guilty of blackface!
Yes, apparently ebony-hued shoes are racist, prompting Katy Perry to release a statement:
“I was saddened when it was brought to my attention that it was being compared to painful images reminiscent of blackface. Our intention was never to inflict any pain.”