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Chinese State TV Rings in the New Year With a Blackface Fiasco

via CCTV Despite its racist origins and painful history, blackface keeps showing up on TV in China. On Thursday night local time, the opening performance of state-run broadcaster CCTV’s Spring Festival Gala featured Chinese men and women smeared in dark makeup, dressed in mismatched costumes meant to evoke “African tribal” attire. Ululations with a brisk … Read more

Chinese TV features blackface performers in New Year’s gala

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state TV included dancers in blackface depicting Africans during a national broadcast Thursday as Asia welcomed the lunar Year of the Ox with subdued festivities amid travel curbs to contain renewed coronavirus outbreaks. The “African Song and Dance” performance came at start of the Spring Festival Gala, one of the world’s … Read more