I’m curious what people think. Lupe Fiasco’s video includes men and women of color putting on blackface before a minstrel show with images from the 1930s projected in the background. A dedication at the end states the video is in memory of Paul Robeson and other black actors “who endured the humiliation of blackface.” The video itself is commentary on stereotypes in hip-hop, and how these affect young black children.
Is it effective? I would argue yes, though my point of view is always coming from a place of inherent white privilege. I can never know what it is like to grow up seeing women who look like me portrayed in that exact manner — rarely are white women portrayed similarly to women of color in a rap video. It reminds me of Bamboozled, which was directed by Spike Lee.
So I’m interested in other folks’ thoughts on this video: Effective, offensive, thought-provoking, etc?
But I swear, if I find someone howling about how it’s okay for Lupe to do blackface, but not for me and my lily-white frat bros, I will lose my shit.