A shocking picture hit the internet this month.
A picture of a man - someone we thought was on our side - wearing dehumanizing facepaint to caricaturize and humiliate marginalized PoC.
I’m talking, of course, about Will Smith wearing blueface.
I thought we were past this. I thought Pandoran-Americans could live their lives without being outright humiliated on a daily basis. I was wrong.
Let’s go back to the 90s, when Disney’s Aladdin hit the box office:
Most Americans in the 1990s found nothing wrong with the portrayal of a giddy, flamboyant blue non-binary zher.
But times have changed. We know that it was wrong. We, as a society, have acknowledged we were wrong.
So why is Will Smith still stuck in the past?