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Poll: Blackface in Hollywood Movies

Blackface is a form of theatrical makeup used predominantly by non-black performers to portray a caricature of a black person.

In the United States the practice gained popularity during the 19th century.

By the mid 19th century, blackface minstrel shows became a distinctive art form. It translated formal works, like opera, into popular terms for general audiences.

Early in the 20th century, blackface came off the minstrel show. It became a form in its own right.

In the United States, blackface declined in popularity beginning in the 1940s and into the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, generally considered highly offensive, disrespectful, and racist by the turn of the 21st century, though the practice (or similar-looking ones) continues in other countries.

Which Blackface image (still frame) is the most appalling one?

For an uncropped view of the images see the slides here.

Sources: Wikipedia & HuffPost

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    Lillian Gish, Ralph Lewis, and George Siegmann in The Birth of a Nation (1915)

    Silas Lynch - Mulatto Lieut. Governor
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    Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer (1927)

    Jakie Rabinowitz
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    Fred Astaire and Betty Furness in Swing Time (1936)

    Lucky Garnett
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    Judy Garland in Everybody Sing (1938)

    Judy Bellaire
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    Yul Brynner in The King and I (1956)

    King Mongkut of Siam
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    Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy in Trading Places (1983)

    Louis Winthorpe III
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    C. Thomas Howell in Soul Man (1986)

    Mark Watson
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    Tommy Davidson and Savion Glover in Bamboozled (2000)

    Womack / Sleep'n Eat, Manray / Mantan
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    Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder (2008)

    Kirk Lazarus - Hot LZ
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    James Whitmore in Black Like Me (1964)

    John Finley Horton
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    Jim Varney in Ernest Goes to Africa (1997)

    Ernest P. Worrell / Hey You, the Hindu / Auntie Nelda / African Woman dancer
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    Larry Parks in The Jolson Story (1946)

    Al Jolson
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    Larry Parks in Jolson Sings Again (1949)

    Al Jolson / Larry Parks
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    Virginia Grey and Mona Ray in Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927)

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    "Singing Fool, The" Al Jolson, 1928, Warner Bros., **I.V.

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    Al Jolson in Mammy (1930)

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    Al Jolson in A Plantation Act (1926)

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    Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel in Pardon Us (1931)

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    Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Curly Howard in Uncivil War Birds (1946)

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    Joan Crawford in Torch Song (1953)

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    Doris Day in I'll See You in My Dreams (1951)

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    Orson Welles in Othello (1951)

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    Shirley Temple and Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams in The Littlest Rebel (1935)

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    John Wayne, Harry Carey, George Cleveland, and Russell Simpson in The Spoilers (1942)

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    Alan Dinehart, Judy Clark, Jerome Cowan, Benny Fields, Gladys George, Roscoe Karns, and Lee 'Lasses' White in Minstrel Man (1944)

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    Yes Sir, Mr. Bones (1951)

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    Dolores del Rio, Ricardo Cortez, Loretta Andrews, Margaret Carthew, Virginia Dabney, Kay Francis, and Al Jolson in Wonder Bar (1934)

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    Don Ameche and Al Jolson in Swanee River (1939)

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    Laurence Olivier in Othello (1965)

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    Charles J. Correll and Freeman F. Gosden in Check and Double Check (1930)

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    Cotton Watts in Jail Bait (1954)

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    Jack Black in Be Kind Rewind (2008)

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    Southern Fried Rabbit (1953)

    Bugs Bunny
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    Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan, and The Sportsmen Quartet in Fresh Hare (1942)

    Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd
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    Ingrid Bergman and Flora Robson in Saratoga Trunk (1945)


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