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Poll: Leafs Bozak Takes Heat for "Blackface" Halloween Costume (71 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you believe Bozaks costume is offensive?

  1. Yes (3 votes [4.23%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.23%

  2. No (49 votes [69.01%])

    Percentage of vote: 69.01%

  3. No, but he should have known it would offend people (19 votes [26.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 26.76%

Do you believe blackface is offensive?

  1. Yes (15 votes [21.13%])

    Percentage of vote: 21.13%

  2. No (56 votes [78.87%])

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#1 Jägermeister

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:06 AM

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Toronto Maple Leafs' Tyler Bozak might have some explaining to do after he tweeted a questionable Halloween costume late Tuesday night.


Blame the NHL’s labour woes – as well as poor judgment.
Had it not been for the current lockout, Toronto Maple Leafs centre Tyler Bozak might have been resting – maybe celebrating – after meeting the Anaheim Ducks at the Air Canada Centre Tuesday night.
Instead, the 26-year-old from Regina, Sask., became the subject of heated social media talk after a tweet from his personal Twitter account appeared to show a picture of himself in blackface, posing as former pop star Michael Jackson while grabbing himself.
Although he promptly removed the tweet the photo was captured by a number of followers, who prominently displayed the image for all to see, leading Bozak to comment on the accompanying backlash that ensued.
“That's a tribute to one of my fave artists,” Bozak tweeted. “For anyone saying its racist is crazy!”
Bozak must not have been paying attention last Halloween when a tweet from Phoenix Coyotes enforcer Paul Bissonnette attracted loads of publicity after it showed teammate Raffi Torres in blackface at a team party.
Dressed as Jay-Z and the rapper’s wife, Beyonce Knowles, Torres and his wife dealt with significant backlash following the matter.
Blackface is a style of makeup used for imitating a black person. It has a history of being used in forms of entertainment based on racist stereotypes.
In three season with the Leafs Bozak has 106 points in 192 games. He agreed to a two-year extension with Toronto last summer.



IMO, this shouldn't be an issue.
Just like the Torres incident last year, this is obviously not done to offend, but to try and show tribute.

I don't see skin darkening any where near the same level as "blackface", and I think that people are completely overreacting to this.

Edited by Jägermeister, 31 October 2012 - 01:08 PM.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:10 AM

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People dressing up for Hallowe'en? What has the world come to? :rolleyes:
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:22 AM

Thats a hilarious picture
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:33 AM

No problem here.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:35 AM

Dear Tyler,

I don't care if you darken your face for Hall'o'ween.

However, you are an adult now and earn $1.5 million dollars a year therefore it is time to... I don't know... buy some furniture and paintings. You know, 'decor.' How a man keeps his home says a lot about him.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:37 AM

I don't see a problem here. There are a bunch of white guys who is dressing up like Psy. (gunnam style) are they raciest? Michael Jackson is also my favorite artist.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:57 AM

Dressing up as late-era MJ only counts as beige-face.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 02:30 AM

another race card moment. nothing wrong with his costume. its like saying white people should be outraged because some black person dressed up as kasper the friendly ghost.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 02:35 AM

no issue here, seems to happen every year. I mean people get mad when I wear my penis costume... like god get a grip.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 02:36 AM

What a joke

The double standard these days is ridiculous, has anyone seen Dave chappelle's "white news' he has white face paint, everyone laughs, including me cause I love DC, but when a white guy does it OMG THE HORROR, he so racist

GTFO its all in fun, its not like he dressed as a clan member...
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 03:20 AM

He ain't no Ned Haverly, that's for sure.


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Posted 31 October 2012 - 03:33 AM

Actually, isn't that technically zombieface since he is Mike from Thriller?
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 05:37 AM

What a joke

The double standard these days is ridiculous, has anyone seen Dave chappelle's "white news' he has white face paint, everyone laughs, including me cause I love DC, but when a white guy does it OMG THE HORROR, he so racist

GTFO its all in fun, its not like he dressed as a clan member...


Very well said.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 06:53 AM

every year another idiot goes blackface and gets raked over the coals (and rightfully so). when will people learn?

also, whiteface doesn't have the extremely racist history that blackface does. it's not the same thing, not even close.

Edited by avelanch, 31 October 2012 - 06:56 AM.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 07:35 AM

Soooo what's wrong with that?It's a costume... people dress up for Halloween.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 07:46 AM

Soooo what's wrong with that?It's a costume... people dress up for Halloween.

the racist history of blackface makes it never an appropriate choice. Dressing up is fine, the blackface portion makes it a no-no.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 07:49 AM

I don't see any issue here.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 08:08 AM

I really don't care and don't see why people make an uproar over this, but regardless there is an uproar anyways. So why do it Bozak?
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 08:09 AM

Why is it racist? Because its a black (or darkened face)? I've seen people dress up like their idols before and not be called racist. I mean come on, if your playing tribute or having fun for Halloween why should this even be an issue....
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 08:16 AM

Seems pretty silly to make a racist issue about this,it's a frickin Halloween costume.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 08:30 AM

Why is it racist? Because its a black (or darkened face)? I've seen people dress up like their idols before and not be called racist. I mean come on, if your playing tribute or having fun for Halloween why should this even be an issue....

he could have dressed as michael and not done the blackface. hell, for the last half of his life Michael was white anyway. I don't think Bozak was being racist himself, but blackface is inherently racist, everyone knows this, it creates a kerfuffle every year. why bother doing it, you KNOW it's going to cause an issue.

it was the same when those douches kane and burish did it:
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every time it's a huge issue, and every year someone is stupid enough to do it yet again.

Edited by avelanch, 31 October 2012 - 08:34 AM.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 08:34 AM

Why would anyone need to look black to dress as MJ? Even MJ himself didn't look black. Seriously Bozak may not have intended it to be racist, he should have known how it would be percieved after the Torres incident last year.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 08:37 AM

A lot of people simply have to get a life.
The thought police are everywhere.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 08:54 AM

Dwayne Wade painted his face white last year and posed as Justin Timberlake. People tend to blow things out of proportion for no reason. Nothing wrong with Bozak posing as Jackson or Torres and Jay-Z
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 09:19 AM

Political correctness is just off the charts INSANE.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 09:42 AM

he could have dressed as michael and not done the blackface. hell, for the last half of his life Michael was white anyway. I don't think Bozak was being racist himself, but blackface is inherently racist, everyone knows this, it creates a kerfuffle every year. why bother doing it, you KNOW it's going to cause an issue.

it was the same when those douches kane and burish did it:
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and when torres and his wife did it:
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every time it's a huge issue, and every year someone is stupid enough to do it yet again.


and every year the real racists complain about it.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 10:00 AM

Maybe someone can answer a question: Why do people try to assign a negative connotation to something that it is not associated with? Those are obviously not racist, as they are not trying to bully, belittle or abuse in any way the people they are trying to imitate. Mimicking really, is a form of flattery. So why assign the racist label? Simply because they can? Why do people need negativity is a more direct form of the question...

Try to imagine this: Romney comes to one of the debates painted in imitation of Martin Luthor King. Now that would be funny. Saturday Night Live would have the balls to do a skit like that, would be funny!
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 10:06 AM

Maybe someone can answer a question: Why do people try to assign a negative connotation to something that it is not associated with? Those are obviously not racist, as they are not trying to bully, belittle or abuse in any way the people they are trying to imitate. Mimicking really, is a form of flattery. So why assign the racist label? Simply because they can? Why do people need negativity is a more direct form of the question...

Try to imagine this: Romney comes to one of the debates painted in imitation of Martin Luthor King. Now that would be funny. Saturday Night Live would have the balls to do a skit like that, would be funny!

this is why blackface is considered racist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackface

whether or not the person doing it is trying to be racist (usually not) it will always be associated with racism. Just like the swastika will always be associated with Natzi's, even though it, technically, has nothing to do with Natzi's, ethnic cleansing, racism, etc; they merely used it.

Edited by avelanch, 31 October 2012 - 10:06 AM.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 10:20 AM

Hey guys they only threw a banana on the ice at Wayne Simmonds. It's no big deal it's just a banana; they were clearly just making a joke.

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