Outrage after football team wears blackface to club night

It was supposed to be a fun night at Victoria’s Frankston Bombers football club, but the team is in hot

It was supposed to be a fun night at Victoria’s Frankston Bombers football club, but the team is in hot water after dressing in blackface and sharing pictures on social media for the world to see.

The teams’ players were seen dressed up as black musicians covered head to toe in black paint and crazy outfits.

The club’s president tried to downplay the incident when asked to comment on his players’ behaviour.

“There was nothing racist about Saturday’s event. We ran an iPod Shuffle Night where everyone dressed up as their favourite musicians,” he said.

However, not everyone agrees with people taking to social media to blast the team for being “racist” and “insensitive”.

While dressing up in blackface used to be common in Australian entertainment years ago, the practice is largely viewed as outdated and disrespectful these days.

When Indigenous Australian writer and actor Adam Briggs called out the team on social media he was verbally attacked by Bombers’ fans who told him to “calm the f*** down” and “chill out”.

He also received an abusive voicemail on his phone from someone believed to be connected to the club.

Earlier this year Indigenous writer Nakkiah Lui told ABC’s triple j why blackface was so offensive to so many people.

“When it comes to blackface there isn’t a debate,” Niakkiah said.

“If a group of people who are the marginalised group, who are still facing racism, who are still facing inequality because of their race, who have to carry the burden of history on their skin and their culture every single day, if they’re telling you that ‘hey, this is offensive to me, it has a loaded history, it’s making me feel uncomfortable, it’s making me feel like a second-class citizen’, it’s not up to the dominant culture — and in this situation that’s white people — to say ‘Why? Why is this making you feel uncomfortable? Because it doesn’t make me feel uncomfortable.’”

However, not everyone agrees that blackface is racist with some asking if that means it’s racist for a black person to dress up as a white person.

The debate runs is a similar vein to that of golliwog dolls, which were once a common childhood doll but are now largely viewed as racist.

Do you think blackface is offensive? Should it be banned? Did you have a golliwog doll when you were young?

  1. Keith Schadel  

    Political correctness gone mad again, l sympathize with our native Australian Citizens, but, if they put on white face, does that make them racists, no it does not, they are only having fun and l respect their rights to do that. Time we started to live life again without fear of Political Correctness

  2. Ordy  

    Another us and them story of political correctness gone mad, why do so many people go out of their way to reinforce this rubbish.
    If we go back to the African plains weren’t we all black, it’s just that some of us have lost our colour, our bad for not controlling evolution.
    Seriously let’s be inclusive and not divisive, I don’t think there is an us and them it’s all just US.

  3. Eve  

    For goodness sake they were asked to come to the party as their favourite musical artist, I believe.
    So what was wrong with the way they dressed, there are some rather talented coloured musical artists
    who are also quite flamboyant so costumes would have been very entertaining and original. Let’s get over
    all this crap about colour of skin, seems to me there is more division now than there ever was. I am 67 years
    old and have been covered in freckles head to toe with a surname that lent itself to considerable ridicule, one does survive these things.

  4. Henry  

    Do you think blackface is offensive?
    -Absolutely not offensive. If it was, they would not be allowed to live among the Caucasian society that they immigrate to. As for the Australian indigenous people if it’s OK for them to paint their faces white because of past tradition, so it should be OK for the Caucasians to paint their faces black…as part of traditional dress up fun!
    Should it be banned?
    – What should be banned and made illegal are the 150 Apex Afro Sudenese and Somali members running amok on our streets, robbing, violently bashing people, invading homes, car hijacking , raping and killing, They should be all deported!
    Did you have a golliwog doll when you were young?
    – My grandchildren have 4yr and 8 mth old,. Does that make them and their parents racist?

    Those who object to white people painting their faces black should keep their head stuck in their proverbial where the sun doesn’t shine.

  5. Merilyn Stewart  

    1. If it wasn’t a problem why doesn’t this article carry the photo?
    2. It’s happened before and been roundly criticized, so why do it?
    3. We’re there any Indigenous players involved? If it was all- whites then it is definitely a problem.

    Being insensitive isn’t a crime but it is blatant stupidity in this day and age.
    Once again an individual man may have a high IQ but in a group it’s about the same as his shoe size.

    • Henry  

      It’s only a problem if you want to make it a problem, otherwise it’s not a problem.

      In the words of BRIGGS AKA BIG SIGH ✔ [email protected]
      We should just make blackface illegal, that’d settle it
      3:07 AM – 15 May 2016 · Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      If we should make black face illegal as Singh states then Singh , I presume sub-continent origin or Fiji-Indian, is out of place in a Caucasian society. Begs the question, if it bothers people like Singh, why come to Australia in the first place to an Anglo- Saxon & European based society?
      Suffice to suggest that Singh who has something against Caucasians painting their faces black is perhaps a racist himself against the Caucasian society for having white skin where some paint it black for entertainment.

      If a white person’s skin on the face and / or body changes to dark brown from suntanning does that make this white person a racist? Singh is suggesting that it does and it should be illegal. How bloody pathetic !

  6. It’s not offensive to me but then I don’t have a black face and if I did I can wash it off. Ask someone who has a black face and there will most likely be a different response. As European Australians populated this country we have always been keen to tell others what they should think and feel. What does that say about our level of arrogance? It’s like walking up to someone in the street and taking their wallet and then telling them that they didn’t want all that money. If Australian indigenous people were doing well and had none of the serious problems they have, then perhaps they may feel differently. I don’t understand how they feel, but I don’t believe I have a right to pat someone on the head and tell them I know better than them. Let them decide for once.

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