– Boo. (laughing) hi, y’all, it’s Daysha and I’m here to talk about Halloween, one of my favorite times of the year that also happens to be
ruined by racist asshats who think that they have
the winning response for why blackface is okay in 2016. In the wise words of Kanye, “You ain’t got the answers
and you never will.” – is meet me in the zoo in
the morning at 9 o’clock. – Yeah, with the rest of the monkeys? – With the rest of the monkeys. – Yeah, I’ll bring my grandpa with me. – I decided to play a
game with my coworkers to see if they can see why
blackface is so unnecessary in 2016 and 2017, 2018, you know what? Just forever. I had a model come in and dress up as four prominent black celebrities. Given that the argument is that we’d never ever, ever,
ever, ever, ever, ever be able to know who these celebrities are because the people wearing
the costumes aren’t black, I actually wanted to see if that was true. – I’m thinking this is like
an early days Miley Cyrus. (buzzer beeping) – The plaid shirt looks like Al Borland from Home Improvement? (buzzer beeping) – Looks like a nice blond hipster. (buzzer beeping) – Beyonce? (bell chiming) – Ooh, woo. – Did I get it? – Look at you, yeah. – Woo. – I think of Beyonce, I
think of the leotards, I think of like iconic
stuff from her music videos. – So, this was the outfit
from her flawless video. – Oh, I’m so bad. – I’m not a big enough Beyonce fan. That’s my fault. – What gave it away for you? – This. So, if this is her costume she needs to be like this all day long. – Oh, easy, Michael Jackson. (bell chiming) – Michael Jackson. (bell chiming) – How could that be anyone
but Michael Jackson? (bell chiming) – I’m gonna say this is Michael Jackson, although it also could be Eddie Murphy from his rock. (bell chiming) – Sliding in for the win. What gave it away for you? – The jacket. – [Blonde Woman] Well,
it’s an iconic outfit. – [Curly] Oh, this one looks easy already. – I mean, this is Prince.
(bell chiming) – Definitely Prince.
(bell chiming) – Prince.
(bell chiming) – So you would say Prince, final answer? – Absolutely. – Okay. Prince. (bell chiming) (laughing) What about this allowed you
to get that it was Prince? – The glasses, the hair, the outfit again. – The pirate shirt, that’s
pretty classic Prince. – Diana Ross. (buzzer beeping) – Dolly Parton maybe?
(buzzer beeping) – Does Diana Ross sing What’s
Love Got To Do With It? – No. – Okay. – That might be your problem. (laughing) – Tina Turner? (bell chiming) – Tina. – Tina? – Woo. – Tina who? – Tina Turner.
(bell chiming) – Yeah.
(bell chiming) – There is only one Tina. – Woo. Curly’s the winner. Winner, winner. You get a beautiful
skull for being a winner. – Yay, you know I don’t
like bullshit like this, take it back. (laughing) – So, the whole reason why
I brought you here is that it’s Halloween season and it’s very common for people to want to
dress up as iconic people and iconic black people. The issue is though,
is that a lot of people then feel justified in using blackface. – Really? – Yeah. Why do you think some
people feel so compelled to use blackface even though
they know it’s offensive? – It’s funny, it’s something
I’ve never grown up with, the thought of being an option. – Exactly, right? More people need to be raised like you. – I think that people think that, oh yeah, it’s just my costume and they don’t realize like,
the historical significance of blackface and what it means. – They’ve never had that done to them, so they don’t understand the
gravity of the situation. – I know this might feel
like a strange question, but did you ever feel like, when we went through the pictures that you needed blackface to understand who these people were? – No. – So, you struggled with a few of them and like, with those
that you struggled with, like, do you think that
them being in blackface would’ve helped you anymore? (laughing) – No, I think my lack of
understanding pop culture is a definite divider. – These people aren’t
iconic for their race, they’re iconic for their hair, they’re iconic for their style, they’re iconic for their dance moves. – The better your actual costume is, the less you have to do
anywhere else, right? – The answer is not being like, ugh, if only I was brown,
they would’ve gotten it. It’s like no, then you would’ve
offended a lot of people. – You guys, 100, 100 percent,
blackface is never okay. It’ll never be okay, it’s
not okay, it wasn’t okay, that’s just how it is y’all. – Curly is taking me to church
with this sermon over here. – Like, if people don’t recognize it from what you’re wearing, then it was probably just a bad costume. – So, just to recap some of the
major tips that were offered as alternatives to blackface: your look needs to be super duper iconic. In the words of Claudia, if
nobody knows who you are, it’s because your costume is shitty and not because you needed blackface for people to understand. Tip number two: Iconic actions and
phrases are your friends when done non-offensively,
there’s a line there, folks. And tip number three: it never hurts to just
tell people who you are. I mean, it just saves you a
whole lot more controversy than using blackface. Just to be clear, blackface
is not and will never be something that’s okay to do, ever. There’s so many more fun and creative ways to honor your favorite black celebrities without dehumanizing the
entire race at the same time. Real talk, actual blackness is magical and you can’t cheaply imitate
something this magical. So, with that, have a happy and non-racist
Halloween, everyone. Don’t do blackface, yay, but for real, don’t do it. Just don’t do it, you don’t wanna be, don’t be the one, don’t do it, just don’t do it.