I took a screen shot of this from the celebrity gossip blog “Perez Hilton.” It is an image of NHL player Raffi Torres dressed in black face as Jay-Z and his wife dressed as Beyonce, followed by an official statement from the Phoenix Coyotes. Professor Dirk’s states in her article on Haloween that “Halloween allows masqueraders to step out of their everyday roles, opening up a wide range of personal for adoption, if only temporarily” (3). Torres and his wife are presenting their “others” to the world by dressing up in black face, while disregarding the fact that this is extremely offensive. To repeat the question that was raised in class today, could Raffi and his wife have dressed as Jay-Z and Beyoncé without dressing in black face? What is the need to capture the race of the individual in regards to the success of the costume?
I found it kind of comical that the Phoenix Coyotes said that “there was absolutely nothing racist about Raffi and his wife’s costumes…”. Clearly they are ignorant to the history of the concept of black face. This ignorance further brings up the question of education of the issue, and why people are motivated to dress in black face in general.