[Recently, photographs have come to light with the governor of Virginia in black face in his college year book from the eighties. A lot of people are angry about this so… When is black-face okay?]
When you go to a costume party in the eighties dressed as your favorite rapper and you also want to have some sort of political catastrophe bite you in the ass in thirty-five years.
When you are a white reporter in the 1950s attempting to write an expose’ on what it was like to be black in America’s deep south. Spoiler alert: It sucked.
When you’ve got no face at all and the only ones available are black ones.
When you are Robert Downey Jr.
After you’ve just put on some white-face, thought better of it and so are trying to cover it up.
When you want to alienate a very large group of people all at once and there aren’t any children around for you to molest.
When you are trying to make a satirical point and want to fail at it utterly.
When you work in musical theater and it is 1910.
You are producing Shakespeare’s Othello and every black actor is either dead or working on Medea’s Arbor Day.
You have to get rid of a can of shoe polish right away and eating it my kill you.
You want to get a photograph of a large group of people with their mouths agape and speechless…