from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. White facial makeup: a mime performing in whiteface.
- n. A white-faced animal, especially a Hereford.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Makeup that makes the face appear white, as sometimes worn by clowns, mimes, or in the Gothic subculture.
- n. Any bird of the genus Aphelocephala.
- n. A Hereford cow.
- n. A person of European descent. (See usage notes.)
The image of a black man in whiteface is practically non-existent in American culture.
Anyway, what is the image of Obama in whiteface supposed to mean?
There are not just a "few signs" that are at the protesting rallies that are inappropriate, such as Obama in whiteface, etc. – there are several.
If they had cast Kenan Thompson as Obama, would he have had to do it in whiteface and would that have been alright?
In an interview with The New Yorker three and a half decades later, when her husband was vice president of the United States, Lynne Cheney said that she distinctly remembered ‘going to class and having to walk through people in whiteface, conducting guerrilla theater, often swinging animal entrails over their heads, as part of a protest against Dow Chemical.’
While it was supposedly a parody of the Jackson Five and Michael Jackson, it had nothing at all to do with either, other than the costume worn by the lead dancer in whiteface.
In addition to electrifying audiences with his Othello, he became famous for his performances as Shylock, Macbeth, and King Lear, all in whiteface.
Although the title of the picture is "Evil Clown," and the image bears some resemblance to The Joker of Batman lore, how can this picture not be construed as a racially-motivated attempt to literally paint Barack Obama in "whiteface"?
(The whole "whiteface" thing, I think, makes the Obama version much more
"(The whole" whiteface "thing, I think, makes the Obama version much more