Posted 11 October 2012 - 11:31 PM
Blackface is only racist if you're using it to mock black people. Robert Downey Junior in Tropic Thunder and Fred Armisen playing Obama is not racist.
If you think it is, then by that logic you must think it's racist for Eddie Murphy, the Wayans Bros. or Dave Chappelle to play white characters; Or some white guy like Chris Lilley to play Polynesian and Japanese characters.
It's all in the context... A white guy playing Michael Jordan could work equally well with or without makeup, depending on the writing and acting. Outside of the art world though, I'd say it's best to avoid it. You don't want to dress up like Omar makeup and all, and get the shit stomped out of you.