Halloween Update: Blackface, Still Not Okay

Trayvon Blackface

Blackface for Halloween is still in poor taste – especially when you’re depicting the murder of a 17-year-old boy.

Two Florida men are experiencing the wrath of the internet after a picture of their controversial Halloween costumes went viral over the weekend. The two twenty-somethings were dressed as George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman sported a neighborhood watch T-shirt and a finger gun while Trayvon sported blackface and a bloodied hoodie. Trayvon Blackface 2The pair forgot to include the Arizona ice tea and skittles though – key props to any costume depicting the high-profile case. If you’re going to go controversial, at least put some effort into it! This guy knows what I’m talking about ———->

Anyways, the photo was posted on Facebook and Instagram by the women in the middle with the caption, “Happy Halloween from Zimmerman and trayvon :)” Soon after, the photo was picked up by news websites and the backlash began.

Some were outraged over the use of blackface, calling it racially insensitive.

Julianne Hough BlackfaceOthers were totally cool with the blackface part and didn’t even mind Julianne Hough’s rendition of Crazy Eyes from Orange is the New Black. Although to be fair, it looked more like orangeface than blackface. But what many did take offense to was the fact that the two Florida geniuses chose to mock a 17-year-old boy’s death.

While Florida men dressing up as … well, Florida men, is bad, it’s still not nearly as creepy (or WTF) as Sexy Ernie and Sexy Bert. There go my childhood memories.

Ernie and Bert

Via: NY Daily News

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