Blackface Disgrace


Normally women’s sport, and especially the hitherto non-newsworthy spectacle of women’s basketball, would be delighted to be in the news and consider any publicity to be good publicity.

Except that is, when one of its players goes to a fancy dress party in blackface.

The player concerned, Alice Kunek, of course apologized, removed the picture from social media, assured everyone she meant no offence, and confessed to a lack of judgment.

Meanwhile, the ever-so-important and perpetually disappointed, outraged and offended race discrimination commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane was, well, disappointed, outraged and offended.

2451366432_e00381946a_BlackfaceWhat is really outrageous, however, is that the race discrimination commissioner no less had absolutely nothing, not a word, zip, to say about the fellow player who went to the same party in white-face. Surely this player needs some time in the re-education gulag at the very least too for such overtly racist and offensive dress sense?

Memo to Tim with the long name – why can’t I be outraged, disappointed and offended, or is this only a game certain people can play? That seems rather, well, discriminatory to me.

Photo by philosophygeek

  • Mike

    I was stewing on this all afternoon – she was dressed as a celebrity who had been mocked for the past few weeks – it was a smart, contemporary satirical costume by all means. If she was mocking black culture, then surely her friend was mocking the Mexican religion of death – yet not a word was said.
    Why on earth would her half Nigerian team mate take such offence? She was going on like it was a personal attack. Absolutely ridiculous