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You’d think by now that most people would know blackface is not a good idea, unless you’re trying to piss a bunch of people off while looking like a racist jerk.
So, with that being said, let’s just assume the people who run the Théâtre du Rideau Vert In Quebec are trying to piss a bunch of people off while looking like racist jerks.
Theater critic Pat Donnelly of the Montreal Gazette told CBC News that blackface is a common practice for the theater, saying “this year I almost didn’t go because I had some concerns that I would once again see a white performer in blackface with a bad Afro wig trying to pretend they’re a black person, because it’s been frequently done with this show in the past.”
Unfortunately, Donnelly’s fears played out once again during the Théâtre du Rideau Vert’s year-end show,”Revue et Corrigée,” as they used blackface for a white actor portraying Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban.
The theater remained quiet about the issue at first, but Artistic director Denise Filiatrault has since spoke out about it, saying they “didn’t want to hire a black actor to play Subban for 12 seconds in her year-end show because her theatre couldn’t afford it.”
So now I guess they can take the money they saved by not hiring a black actor, and use it to hire a really good PR person to dig them out of this pile of sh*t they seem to have gotten themselves into.
You can watch the P.K. Subban blackface skit and its accompany news report in the video below, via CBC News in Canada: