Hey, here's another reminder for anyone who has SOMEHOW managed to miss the memo: Blackface is never OK. Ever. It's never funny, and it's never not racist. There is no situation in which wearing blackface is acceptable or excusable. It's nearly 2018. We shouldn't have to remind people about this.
People keep doing it! Not only that, but they're still uploading pictures of themselves in blackface to social media and trying to defend their actions. How does this happen?
The woman pictured here is an Australian model named Sophie Applegarth. She is (or at least was represented by Chic Management.
That's because Sophie — along with a couple of her friends — decided to don blackface in order to look more like Serena and Venus Williams.
via: TwitterYes, this happened in 2017. No, it doesn't make any sense at all.
Sophie and her friends posted several images of their awful, racist looks on social media.
via: TwitterBecause if you're going to be racist, why not do it on a giant platform! The better to offend people, right?
One of Sophie's friends dressed up as LeBron James.
via: TwitterAnd yes their look included blackface, too. This is insane and completely vile.
Why did they make this appalling decision? Glad you asked.
TW: Blackface/racism @Chic_Management model Sophie Applegarth has proudly shared photos of herself and friends in… https://t.co/qoE40wNbqM— Lauren Ingram (@Lauren Ingram)1514520924.0
Here it is:Lovely! Their response to valid criticism to their offensive actions was to — wait for it — be even more offensive. Brilliant.
Obviously, most of the Internet called their behavior out for what it was: disgusting and racist.
@laureningram @Chic_Management Can't believe A) people think this is still okay, B) they would post it on social me… https://t.co/NlOacOFtwk— Luke Bartolo (@Luke Bartolo)1514539257.0
Ohhhhhhhh. We get it. They were "praising" Serena and Venus Williams. By being racist.Applegarth's "apology" is almost as bad as wearing blackface in the first place. She's not apologizing for her racist actions; she's telling people they're wrong for calling her racist. A real class act, that Sophie Applegarth.
If only there was a way to show appreciation for black athletes without being racist...
How did this Aussie lass (Sophie Applegarth) and her band of merry little friends think this get-up was a complimen… https://t.co/JuQHPoO41u— Victoria Uwonkunda (@Victoria Uwonkunda)1514569984.0
OK. One more time for the people in the back: Do. Not. Wear. Blackface.
@_sophiaireland @laureningram @Chic_Management Exactly! It’s 2017 and people STILL don’t get that this is wrong?! https://t.co/NN8eK68lZP— Valerie with an M (@Valerie with an M)1514537963.0