The following is a by no means comprehensive list of recent internet references to blackface, compiled by Michael Reinhart and Lydia Wilkinson with materials from Stephen Johnson and Patrick Robinson.
On the University of Toronto Campus
The Varsity’s Blackface Charlie Brown
The November 19th 2008 ‘joke issue’ of The Varsity included a review of a fictional student production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. The review was entitled “The New Face of Charlie Brown” and was accompanied by a photo of the cast with Charlie in blackface.
NOW Magazine comment on the Charlie Brown controversy.
The University of Toronto Student Union’s response to the Charlie Brown controversy.
Kate Moss’s Independent Cover
The (Red) Independent featured Kate Moss in blackface on its cover.
A 2006 Guardian article responding to Kate Moss’s Independent cover, and also blackface characters on British television.
On the Comedy Circuit
Shirley Q. Liquor
A controversial blackface comedy act.
A site advocating a ban on Shirley Q. Liquor shows.
Hey Hey it’s Saturday – Red Faces (Jackson Jive) (2009)
In October 2009, a talent-search skit on Australian TV’s Hey Hey It’s Saturday reunion show featured an Australian tribute group for Michael Jackson, the “Jackson Jive” in blackface, with the Michael Jackson character in whiteface. Guest judge Harry Connick Jr. objected to the act on the grounds that it was offensive to African Americans.
See the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0qi5sJRywY
This set off a public outcry in America…and internationally
The View: Australia is Racist
Jackson Jive Facebook Page
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Season 6 Episode 9 : Dee Reynold’s Shaping America’s Youth
The characters have a discussion on blackface, in reference to Mac blacking-up to play Murtaugh in their reinterpretation of “Lethal Weapon 5”
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Lethal Weapon 5 Trailer
Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas in blackface for the VMA Pre-show (2010)
Musician Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas arrives at the VMA Pre-show in blackface.
The Compton Cookout (2010)
An off-campus party of organized by students from the University of California sparks controversy.
NBC San Diego, Party organizer defends actions and plans “Compton Party Part Deux”
Cupcakes in Blackface (2010)
Duncan Hines causes controversy with ‘blackface’ hip hop cupcakes.
Blackface on Broadway (2010)
The article discusses the controversy around Broadway musical The Scottsboro Boys which uses the minstrel tradition in its depiction of the famous Scottsboro Boys trial of 1933. The production was protested for among other things not having a racially diverse creative team.
Blackface Toothpaste (2010)
Chinese toothpaste brand is criticized for using a blackface character in their logo.
Beyonce’s African Queen Photoshoot (2011)
Blackface Cosby Costume gets university student in trouble (2011)
Hockey Player Raffi Torres Dresses up as Jay-Z for Halloween (2011)
Montreal University Students don Blackface for Frosh Event (2011)
Billy Crystal performs Sammy Davis Jr. in Blackface during Oscars (2012)
Swedish minister, blackface cake controversy (2012)
….which resulted in a bomb threat:
Full video of the performance
Barack Obama on SNL
Newsweek contributor Joshua Alston shares his views on Saturday Night Live’s selection of white cast member Fred Armisen to play Barack Obama.
This February 28th Washington Post article reports on responses to the casting of Fred Armisen.
Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder
Links about the film Tropic Thunder, a Ben Stiller comedy in which Robert Downey Jr. plays an actor who dyes himself black to take on a role originally written for a black character.
Sarah Silverman’s Blackface Episode
Sarah Silverman site with links to the episode and viewer response.
Resurrecting blackface in Japan
Official site of Japanese Minstrel act the Gosperats.
Response to Japanese blog site Daily Portal Z’s Barack Obama spoof.
Blog featuring photos of Japanese style trend, extreme sunless tanning.
This 2007 Boston Globe editorial by Ty Burr uses his family’s viewing of The Jazz Singer to begin a discussion about the importance of continuing to acknowledge and discuss blackface.
Neely Tucker’s Washington Post article considers the recent popularity of blackface jokes in the American media.
This website consists of a list of links to blog entries on blackface, from Hollywood to comedy circuits to campuses.