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Thread #161296   Message #3831852
Posted By: punkfolkrocker
11-Jan-17 - 05:33 AM
Thread Name: blacked up morris dancers abused in uk
Subject: RE: blacked up morris dancers abused in uk
If the fundamental purpose of the 'black face' is to celebrate a tradition of rural criminality and to appear menacing..
Then I'd see no problem with the pragmatic adoption of armed robber thug style black stockings or balaclava ski masks...

These are clearly visually powerful disguises that resound with contemporary imagery whilst upholding a tradition of underworld activity....

I do agree that the black face makeup looks very effective as a purely artistic theatrical visual device,
but it is not a mask - more of a direct transformation of skin colour..
and that is overladen with too much contentious and confrontational ideological baggage in this 21st cent multicultural society.

I'd argue that serious creative artists should feel free to refer to to and directly use minstrel imagery
in furtherance af intelligent theatre, performance and gallery works of art..

But a bunch of provincial Jeremy Clarksons that might constitute a mediocre morris side
are hardly on a level with the bad boy Banksys and Damien Hirsts* of modern agit prop art...??? 😬

[*.. and any of those other ones who's names I cant remember this early in the morning - time for first mug of strong black tea..]