Friday, January 30, 2015

Mary Cheney and Stupid Rhetorical Questions

Welcome to the stupidest question of the year so far:
Mary Cheney wants to know why it isn't "socially acceptable" for a white person to "put on blackface and act out offensive stereotypes of African-Americans" if drags queens are allowed to imitate female stereotypes?
If a man can dress up as a woman to entertain an audience, then why can't a white person get on stage in blackface, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney wondered aloud Thursday in a private Facebook post obtained by CNN.
Let's see. 

Racism? Ever heard of it? 

You see, when someone dons blackface, they are reinforcing a racist stereotype designed to dehumanize and belittle an entire race of people through mocking their humanity. When someone dresses up in drag, they're celebrating something they wish to be, which is a woman, and that's rare in a male-centric society.

This has been a simple answer to a stupid fucking question.

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