Dressing up as Whoopi

This is an open letter inviting comment.

I refer to the two Tuks girls who recently dressed up as ‘maids’ to a fancy dress party. They drew such unexpected response, even being labelled as racists. I personally asked on many forums what these girls did wrong?  Why was it wrong to dress up that way?  

Apart from meaningless rhetoric and insults there was no reason given.

What is so wrong to dress up as maids and darken your face?

I sincerely ask for reason.

Now here is the further point.

My wife and I are attending a private party this weekend where everybody will be dressing up as their favourite movie character. My wife has decided to dress up as Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act. What an excellent movie and what an excellent act by Whoopi. My wife will be dressing up as  ‘sister’ and darkening her face and she is looking forward to doing that.

Will my wife’s action be viewed negatively? Will she be labelled racist for dressing up as her favourite movie character, as Whoopi Goldberg?

I actually look forward to that fancy-dress party.

I also look forward to the comment to this posting

Colleen 2014-08-19 10:26:17 AM
Lol! Hee.. I hope as a supporting act, you are going as Sydney Poitier in 'Look Who's Coming to Dinner' or Denzel Washington in 'Glory'? Can we all come too? I will be Whitney Houston [my hair is long enough] and I'll bring Morgan Freeman. I can't do Halle Berry, she's too young and gorgeous. :)
Kimberley Hubert 2014-08-19 10:45:23 AM
Maybe it’s about stereotyping? If you’re a black woman it automatically means that you are a maid? Maybe if you are a successful black woman it’s hurtful to see that people still assume if you are a black woman you can’t be anything but a maid? I don’t know. I don’t know what the bigger issue was, them painting their faces black or dressing as maids? Would it have made a difference if they just painted their faces black without the “maid get-up” (with no cushions in their bums)?
Susan Venter 2014-08-19 11:19:53 AM
I don't think dressing as Whoopi and depicting a black person as a maid is the same ting.
Johnny B Goode 2014-08-19 11:24:23 AM
Tuks university severely disappointed with their handling of the situation. We live in a cowardly society where misplaced indignation and passive aggressiveness seems to be a virtue, as you tow that party line. There is no rationality behind the responses of the people complaining. Maybe they should investigate that little chip on their shoulder, and why it is encouraged to grow.