from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Makeup for a conventionalized comic travesty of Black people, especially in a minstrel show.
- n. An actor wearing such makeup in a minstrel show.
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- n. a style of theatrical makeup in which a white person blackens their face in order to portray a negro
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the makeup (usually burnt cork) used by a performer in order to imitate a Negro
Putting a nonblack actor in blackface is so easy to avoid, that producers simply cannot avoid the question, "why didn't you just get a black actor to do it?"
And here comes the chorus of Republican Governors in "blackface" singing "Oh, dem golden slippers"!
This American war criminal, wearing the offensive 'blackface', is preparing to shoot defenceless civilians, house pets, and house plants, as part of an ongoing campaign of war atrocities.
This film lampoons the style of the time, and blackface is part of that style.
D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915) used whites in blackface to represent all of its major black characters - from the wikipedia article on blackface.
Stupidity defines any character depicted in blackface - the equality of ridicule argument doesn't hold water.
When has a person in blackface ever represented anything but a buffoon?
I'm not sure that the blackface is racist in this context.
He got only 31 percent of the vote, and had to endure charges that he was a "white man in blackface" -- an alien to the black community whose main supporters were wealthy white liberals funding an "Obama project" to push him up the political ladder.
This was a lighthearted and fun movie, one made momentarily uncomfortable by Al Jolson playing himself in blackface makeup.