Quebec's uncomfortable use of "blackface humor."
May 29, 2013 9:26 AM Subscribe
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Recently, Quebec's annual comedy award show, Le Gala les Oliver
opened with its host, Mario Jean, coming out in blackface to imitate a black comedian. Of course, there has been considerable stunned
But this is not the first incident of the use of "blackface" in high profile in the province. In 2011, a McGill student filed a complaint with the Quebec Human Rights commission after his classmates donned blackface and imitated Jamaican stereotypes.
In 2008, CEO Paul Desmarais threw his wife a birthday party that included a woman in blackface singing Al Jolson
. (Anonymous released the video some time ago but it has since disappeared.)
Lamentably, most French newspapers have been decrying the outrage as "Quebec-bashing"
, "it is better known in America to have a problem with minstrelsy, not here."
(the latter two links are in French)