Blackface seems to be an issue celebrities just cannot get right. From Instagram influencers to the Prime Minister of Canada, there seems to be a never-ending slew of high profile people who think changing their race for entertainment purposes is acceptable. And one prime example that still remains problematic is that of Robert Downey Jr in 2008 "comedy" Tropic Thunder.
Now the Avengers star has spoken out about his controversial choice - but people aren't too impressed over what he had to say ...
Why is blackface so problematic?
via: Getty ImagesFor those of you that still don't seem to understand why black/brown face is so offensive, firstly, sort yourselves out. Secondly, we've got the facts here for you.
Throughout history, white people, in particular, would paint their faces black in order to degrade black people.
via: Getty ImagesLook it up. It happened in all sorts of places. From comedy shows to Halloween costumes. They would compare them to monkeys while simultaneously acting in a humiliating manner to depict black people as uncivilized.
It's extremely offensive.
via: Getty ImagesSo, in all cases, avoid it. You can still be Samuel L. Jackson for Halloween without painting yourself black. Just get a beret, a blazer, and some thick-framed glasses. Easy.
Yet several famous people have appeared in it over the years.
via: TwitterThe most prominent of which being Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. Big yikes.
Because no matter how hard they seem to try ...Celebrities just can't seem to help getting themselves into these totally unnecessary (and racist) situations.
And another celebrity who's in the firing line?Robert Downey Jr. The actor is a beloved star - and yet in his past, there are some problematic moments.
He's best known for his role in the MCU.Honestly, where would the Avengers be without Iron Man? (Well, we're about to find out, actually ...)
But way back in 2008 ...
via: IMDBDowney Jr. starred in a movie that everyone seems to have forgotten about ...
And in it, you guessed it ...Iron Man himself donned blackface. Yes, you read that right.
The storyline sort of attempts to poke fun at the controversial move.But if it was aiming for satire, it falls short of the mark. TBH, it's pretty hard to make blackface funny.
But what's even weirder?
So lowkey we gone let Robert downy jr do blackface in tropic thunder and not say nuin? 🙄😅— Saquan Broccoli (@Saquan Broccoli)1534219988.0
Because he was so beloved an actor ...
Robert Downy Jr did an entire move in blackface and everyone just memory holed it because of Iron Man. That’s impressive.— Openly 6LACK (@Openly 6LACK)1571617843.0
And the movie's excuse for the racist portrayal?
Yall remember when ROBERT DOWNY JR. did blackface? As a “critique” of blackface? #Oscars90 #DisTheOscars— Beau Brown (@Beau Brown)1520215067.0