2012: The Year in Blackface

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  • Bill Crystal dons blackface at 2012 Academy Awards
  • BYU Student Goes Blackface for Black History Month
  • Cake decorated in lackfacbe for female genital mutilation event
  • Second graded Sean King in blackface
  • Die Antwoord in Blackface
  • Chris Brown and Rihanna's Domestic Violence Incident Revisited
  • Israeli military spokesman Lt. Sacha Dratwa dons blackface on Facebook
  • Tyler Bozak in Blackface
  • Duke lacrosse, Blackface, The Little Rascals
  • Blackface, University of Florida
  • Jessica Heid and Rachel Cooper in Blackface
  • 2012: The Year in Blackface

Grossly Inappropriate

In April, photos of Sweden’s culture minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth indulging in a cake decorated to look like a blackface caricature of an African woman, meant to highlight the horrors of female genital mutilation, drew outrage and turned stomachs. The head of the cake was of a live actor, who moaned with pain as Liljeroth cut into the cake's "clitoris." 

(Photo: Courtesy The Root)