Robert Downey Jr. Has No Regrets Over ‘Tropic Thunder’ Blackface

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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 …

For 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.

Look 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.

So, 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.

The most prominent of which being Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. Big yikes.

Celebrities just can’t seem to help getting themselves into these totally unnecessary (and racist) situations.

Robert Downey Jr. The actor is a beloved star – and yet in his past, there are some problematic moments.

Honestly, where would the Avengers be without Iron Man? (Well, we’re about to find out, actually …)

Downey Jr. starred in a movie that everyone seems to have forgotten about …

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.

The world seemed to collectively brush it under the rug and move on.

We all seemed to decide to collectively pretend it never happened, and continue to love him regardless.

Well, it seemed a little bit rubbish, to say the least.

Well, that just didn’t fly with most audience members.

And let’s just say people aren’t too impressed by what he had to say.

He spoke out about his decision on The Joe Rogen Experience.

“My mother was horrified. ‘Bobby, I’m telling ya, I have a bad feeling about this.’ I was like, ‘Yeah me too, mom.’”

“He knew exactly what the vision for this was, he executed it, it was impossible to not have it be an offensive nightmare of a movie.”

“Possibly wisely.” Yeah, no kidding!

“Then I started thinking, ‘This is a terrible idea, wait a minute.’ Then I thought, ‘Well hold on dude, get real here, where is your heart? My heart is … I get to be black for a summer in my mind, so there’s something in it for me.” Uhm, wtf?

“The other thing is, I get to hold up to nature the insane self-involved hypocrisy of artists and what they think they’re allowed to do on occasion, just my opinion.”

“I can’t disagree with [the other 10 percent], but I know where my heart lies.”

“But to me, it blasted the cap on it. I think having a moral psychology is job one.”

“In my defense, ‘Tropic Thunder’ is about how wrong [blackface] is, so I take exception.”

It was hugely well received at the time – earning Downey Jr. Best Supporting Actor nominations at the Oscars, Golden Globes, and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Want to see a less controversial side to the star? Scroll on to watch some truly heartwarming Downey Jr. footage.