Is it ever okay to use blackface?
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Is it ever okay to use blackface?

#NeverBlackface
#BlackfaceInContext
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Drake is in hot water after Pusha T used an image of the hip-hop star in blackface for the cover of "The Story of Adidon." Blackface is theatre makeup used by mainly non-black actors to mock and stereotype black people in the 19th and 20th centuries. The photo is from Drizzy's acting days in 2007. He argues the image was part of a project designed to bring attention to the lack of diversity in cinema. But some say there's no excuse for anyone to wear the racist makeup. Can blackface be used in context? 

THE VOTES ARE IN!
#NeverBlackface
65.8%
#BlackfaceInContext
34.2%

Blackface was a way for white people to represent black people in their performances without actually using black bodies. Drake says when he was an actor back in 2007 he used blackface as a way to represent the inequality people of color face every day. The lack of diversity, particularly in film and television, is still an issue. 

Variety's Gordon Cox wrote about the lack of diversity in Hollywood. 

Despite Hollywood’s rising awareness of diversity issues and the growing movement in support of inclusivity, there has been little year-on-year rise in inclusion in films released in 2016, according to a new study of 900 popular films from 2007 to 2016.
The study, from Dr. Stacy L. Smith and the Media, Diversity, and Social Change Initiative at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, analyzed nearly 40,000 characters for gender, race, LGBTQ status, and disability in 900 films, including the top 100 movies of 2016. (The report encompassed films released from 2007 to 2016, but excluded movies from the year 2011, which a separate study had covered.) Almost nothing has changed in terms of representation of these groups on screen, according to the study, and behind the scenes, the pool of directors proved even less diverse.

Drake released a statement via social media saying: 

"This picture is from 2007, a time in my life where I was an actor and I was working on a project that was about young black actors struggling to get roles..."

But some fans are not buying Drake's explanation.

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