Aussie Footballers dressed in blackface as Serena and Venus Williams
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Three Australian football players have sparked international outrage after they wore black face as part of their fancy dress costumes to their club’s end of season party.The men wore the highly offensive costumes to an event known as 'Mad Monday'. Mitch Stanley and Matt Chamberlain dressed as the tennis players Serena and Venus Williams, while Beau Grundy dressed as Aliir Aliir, who plays for the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League. Beau Grundy uploaded a photo of the trio in costume, making it his profile picture on Facebook. It received several comments, including one which read: “What ya drink ya black C**t”. He has since taken down the photo.
The image came to widespread attention after shocked Francis Gonzalez drew attention to it by posting the photo to his Twitter. “Some Australians still have no clue what is considered racist,” he tweeted.
Some Australians still have no clue what is considered racist. This Mad Monday "costume" is clearly racist. And I'm a person who is fed up with today's over-the-top political correctness. pic.twitter.com/oWPR0WjeUx— Francis Gonzalez (@fgonzalez_) September 19, 2018
Black face is a form of racism and was historically used to degrade the people it characterised, as well as spreading racist stereotypes.Some people responding to Gonzalez's tweet accused the men of showing little remorse for their actions, while others called them 'ignorant' and expressed their disgust. "It's 2018 and people still doing black face, that s**t is pathetic," @tiger20hdz tweeted.
Australia has seen several racist incidents in recent times where people have donned black face, including earlier this year when a group of students in fancy dress included one man in black face, apparently dressed as a cotton picker.
All three players have since apologised, according to ABC Australia who report the club they play for, the Penguin Football Club, as saying: “It was not their intention to upset anyone and all they meant to do was dress as one of their sporting idols".