This video from Belgium is called ‘Deplorable’: Foreign Minister Under Fire for Blackface.
Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
Blackface makeup Belgian minister angers people
The controversy arose after a French journalist who made a TV item about the tradition, expressed his outrage on Twitter: “Folklore, charity, or colonialism, the Brussels notables are face painting themselves as Africans?”.
In the report by France 2 also Reynders’ fancy dress was discussed.
Quickly more people responded on Twitter. A director of Human Rights Watch said that the minister should be ashamed of himself: “will u wear #blackface outfit 2 next meeting w African leaders?”
Actress Mia Farrow called it shocking and shameful.
The ‘Noirauds’ festival started in 1876, with well off Brussels bourgeois donning blackface.
Sign Petition: Belgian Blackface minister must resign – Stop Blackface: here.