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    Mary Poppins branded racist - Appears in Black Face!!!

    Mary Poppins branded racist by US academic in 'blackface' row over scene where she gets covered in soot

    Oh, My Lord, it's come to this!!!!



    he classic family film Mary Poppins has been branded racist by a US academic who accuses Dame Julie Andrews of 'blacking up' with soot while dancing with chimney sweeps.

    In a piece for the New York Times, Professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner criticises one of the film's iconic moments, when Mary Poppins joins Dick Van Dyke's Bert to dance on a rooftop for the classic song Step in Time.

    He writes: "When the magical nanny (played by Julie Andrews) accompanies her young charges, Michael and Jane Banks, up their chimney, her face gets covered in soot, but instead of wiping it off, she gamely powders her nose and cheeks even blacker."

    "This might seem like an innocuous comic scene if Travers’s novels didn’t associate chimney sweeps’ blackened faces with racial caricature. “Don’t touch me, you black heathen,” a housemaid screams in “Mary Poppins Opens the Door” (1943)."

    "When the dark figures of the chimney sweeps Step in Time on a roof, a naval buffoon, Admiral Boom shouts, “We’re being attacked by Hottentots!” and orders his cannon to be fired at the “cheeky devils”.

    "We’re in on the joke, such as it is: These aren’t really black Africans; they’re grinning white dancers in blackface. It’s a parody of black menace; it’s even posted on a white nationalist website as evidence of the film’s racial hierarchy."

    Fans were divided over the professor's remarks.

    One wrote online: "I think this is a reach. She was friends with a chimney sweep. When she went out and danced with him she got soot on her face if I recall this correctly."

    Another wrote: "Mary Poppins wasn’t flirting with black face! It was soot in their faces from being a chimney!!!"

    A third said: "This is a candidate for the stupidest New York Times article of all time."

    However others agreed with some of the points raised.

    Michael Schulman, ,a writer for the New Yorker said: "This made me think about class, too - how Mary Poppins, a posh domestic, scrambles the class divide and introduces Jane & Michael to the much more fun world of pleb chimney sweeps. Further scrambled in the sequel when the Bankses are also in the poorhouse."

    Author Mr Pollack-Pelzner posted online after his article was published: "The chief reason I wrote this article was the hope that a Disney exec would read it, take another look at the forthcoming Dumbo remake, and ask if there was anything just a little bit racist they might want to rethink before it hits the big screen.

    "Here’s one thing I’ve learned about the alt-right, after I wrote this article and received a zillion hate messages in response: they sure like Mary Poppins!"


    I LOVED Mary Poppins! So there!

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    It's like there's a contest to see who can come up with the nuttiest examples of racism or sexism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    Mary Poppins branded racist by US academic in 'blackface' row over scene where she gets covered in soot

    Oh, My Lord, it's come to this!!!!



    he classic family film Mary Poppins has been branded racist by a US academic who accuses Dame Julie Andrews of 'blacking up' with soot while dancing with chimney sweeps.

    In a piece for the New York Times, Professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner criticises one of the film's iconic moments, when Mary Poppins joins Dick Van Dyke's Bert to dance on a rooftop for the classic song Step in Time.

    He writes: "When the magical nanny (played by Julie Andrews) accompanies her young charges, Michael and Jane Banks, up their chimney, her face gets covered in soot, but instead of wiping it off, she gamely powders her nose and cheeks even blacker."

    "This might seem like an innocuous comic scene if Travers’s novels didn’t associate chimney sweeps’ blackened faces with racial caricature. “Don’t touch me, you black heathen,” a housemaid screams in “Mary Poppins Opens the Door” (1943)."

    "When the dark figures of the chimney sweeps Step in Time on a roof, a naval buffoon, Admiral Boom shouts, “We’re being attacked by Hottentots!” and orders his cannon to be fired at the “cheeky devils”.

    "We’re in on the joke, such as it is: These aren’t really black Africans; they’re grinning white dancers in blackface. It’s a parody of black menace; it’s even posted on a white nationalist website as evidence of the film’s racial hierarchy."

    Fans were divided over the professor's remarks.

    One wrote online: "I think this is a reach. She was friends with a chimney sweep. When she went out and danced with him she got soot on her face if I recall this correctly."

    Another wrote: "Mary Poppins wasn’t flirting with black face! It was soot in their faces from being a chimney!!!"

    A third said: "This is a candidate for the stupidest New York Times article of all time."

    However others agreed with some of the points raised.

    Michael Schulman, ,a writer for the New Yorker said: "This made me think about class, too - how Mary Poppins, a posh domestic, scrambles the class divide and introduces Jane & Michael to the much more fun world of pleb chimney sweeps. Further scrambled in the sequel when the Bankses are also in the poorhouse."

    Author Mr Pollack-Pelzner posted online after his article was published: "The chief reason I wrote this article was the hope that a Disney exec would read it, take another look at the forthcoming Dumbo remake, and ask if there was anything just a little bit racist they might want to rethink before it hits the big screen.

    "Here’s one thing I’ve learned about the alt-right, after I wrote this article and received a zillion hate messages in response: they sure like Mary Poppins!"


    I LOVED Mary Poppins! So there!
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    "Step In Time" is one of my favorite scenes in the movie. I guess that makes me a racist.

    It has often been said that a movie like "Blazing Saddles" could never be made today, but "Mary Poppins"? Wow.
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    Talk about straining at gnats..........


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    Then I must really be racist!

    Context: I was playing a homeless beggar in the Les Mis section of my alma mater's Broadway concert in 2015.
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    I think I can top it!


    This woman declares white Catholics to be racists because they wear "blackface" on Ash Wednesday.

    On top of that she accuses Santa Claus of slavery, and the Easter Bunny of making fun of homosexuals.

    I am hoping this is some sort of satire or parody, but with liberals I can't tell the difference any more!

    [cleaned up some profanity]

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    Well it’s Ash Wednesday folks – the day in which Catholics smear some burnt palm on their faces, feign solemnity, and pretend as if they aren’t just walking around in partial blackface. Oh, sure guys. It’s totally just a Jesus thing. I’m sure it has nothing to do with racism. Gimme a break.

    The thing about Christian holidays is that they’re all offensive, they’re just not as overtly racist as Ash (herein referred to as Blackface) Wednesday is. Santa Claus basically employs slaves, the Easter Bunny is a cruel mockery of a homosexual – a giant fluff that queers reproduction (eggs) with colorful paint and candy – and Lent is just a way for rich fancy Catholics to appropriate a life of poverty. They spend 40 days imagining what it would be like to be less fortunate. Lent is slumming, the original gentrification. But none of the holidays are as blatantly racist as Blackface Wednesday.

    And make no mistake about it. Blackface Wednesday is indeed blackface. I mean really, if 50% of your face is covered in blackface material, that still counts as blackface. Imagine if you burned down 50% of a black church, or said 50% of the n-word? Is that cool? Of course not. When I was a little girl we were assigned text books in elementary school. Throughout the year, I’d spend my free time doodling swastikas in every book. At the end of the year though, I’d have to turn the books back in, and I’d spend a day going from page to page turning all the little swastikas into windows by connecting the arms. Haha, I would think. I am so clever. Now my teachers will just think I love Microsoft. But the teachers knew better. They were still swastikas. And that ash on your forehead still counts as blackface. Hell, it’s almost a swastika itself. If you’re doing Blackface Wednesday, you’re doing Blackface Swastikas. That’s the most racist thing you could possibly do, besides inventing a time machine to go back and kiss Hitler on the lips.

    For all the praise the “cool Pope” has received for his relatively progressive stance on being gay, letting people be gay, and being an apologist for the terrorists that shot up the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, you’d think he’d step in and say, whoa guys, let’s turn the Al Jolson crap down a notch. Wash that crap off your face and figure out a new way to celebrate Jesus being killed. Or resurrected, or born or whatever. Whichever one Blackface Wednesday celebrates.

    Why don’t you wash that crap off your face, Catholics, and come join the rest of us in the 21st century. TC mark

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    eta: after looking at her other posts, I am 70% sure it is satire.
    Last edited by Sparko; 02-05-2019 at 06:21 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ke7ejx View Post
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    Then I must really be racist!

    Context: I was playing a homeless beggar in the Les Mis section of my alma mater's Broadway concert in 2015.
    Well if you are racist, just think about how racist real homeless white people are for having dirty faces! Or coal miners! No wonder Obama shut down all the coal mines! They were racist breeding grounds. White rednecks running around in blackface all day!


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    Phoenix restaurant says this is a photo of coal miners. But I see offensive blackface



    A few weeks ago, I attended a holiday party at a downtown Phoenix restaurant. I walked around to view the photographs on the wall.

    Then a photograph caught my attention.

    Friends said, “It’s coal miners at a pub after work.” It was a photograph of coal miners with blackened faces. I asked a Latinx and white woman for their opinion. They said it looked like coal miners at a pub after work. Then they stepped back, frowned and said it’s men in blackface.

    I asked the waitress to speak with a manager. Instead, I spoke with a white restaurant owner. I explained to him why the photograph was offensive. Evidently, someone else had made a similar comment about the photograph before.

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/opin...ce/2683881002/
    Last edited by Sparko; 02-05-2019 at 06:27 AM.

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