Definitions

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  • n. A style of theatrical makeup in which a white person colours the face brown in order to represent somebody of another race.

Etymologies

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brown +‎ face

Examples

  • The principal Indian roles are played by white actors in brownface, including a scowling Jeff Chandler as Cochise.

    2009 August : Scrubbles.net

  • There, he falls in love with a half-Tahitian beauty (Williams, in "brownface") and decides to adopt the "pagan" lifestyle of Tahiti.

    Epinions Recent Content for Home

  • Playing the lead "brownface" role, she stole the show with a new song, a lurching mid-tempo ballad by songwriters Jean Lennox and Harry O. Sutton.

    Expecting Rain

  • And he suspects the show misfired with its cartoonish tribe of Amazon Indians and a Middle Eastern character played by a white actor in brownface.

    Fox's 'Running Wilde' Runs Amok

  • Anton Yelchin is cool with the whole ring/super powers thing, but what he really wants is to wear brownface and yell “Heart!”

    REALLY, THIS PUSSY AGAIN?

  • I mean, the disturbing number of people who seem to think putting these kids in brownface or yellowface is okay, is proof enough that there's a huge problem here.

    Entertainment Weekly's Hollywood Insider

  • We talk about that in terms of "West Side Story," where everybody's identified how Natalie Wood was in brownface playing a Puerto Rican.

    CNN.com

  • But the whole film is stuffed full of delights: Heston in brownface exclaiming about an explosion on the border,

    San Francisco Metblogs

  • Did Robert Downey, Jr. in blackface make it okay for Alec Baldwin to do brownface?

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • This week, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley wonder whether or not Avatar will actually be profitable, express bafflement at the inclusion of aliens in Peter Berg’s Battleship film, and ponder whether Jake Gyllenhaal’s Prince of Persia constitutes brownface.

    /Filmcast Ep. 75 - The Box (GUEST: Matt Singer from IFC News) | /Film

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