Today show entertainment reporter Brooke Boney appeared to liken whiteface to blackface during a segment about the movie White Chicks on Tuesday. She added: 'It'll be interesting to see how that plays out like we were speaking about in the current climate with blackface and how audiences react to that, because [the first White Chicks film] is 15 years old, so it sort of wasn't as big of a deal back then. Brooke's comments were in response to Hollywood actor Terry Crews recently hinting at a White Chicks sequel. I'm staying in shape for White Chicks 2! I will never, ever get out of shape because that movie's going to happen one day. The actors transform into 'white chicks' using blonde wigs, blue contact lenses, and rubber masks with pale makeup. Whiteface refers to wearing theatrical makeup to portray a white person. It is commonly viewed as an expression of art and isn't considered historically offensive. Blackface, on the other hand, refers to the darkening of one's skin to portray a caricature of a black person, which links back to minstrel shows and slavery.
These subscribers felt the trailer promoted hate speech, reverse racism, and even white genocide for asking white viewers not to paint their bodies black, with one Tweet insisting writer Justin Simien is a monkey who should return to Africa. Positive critics, on the other hand, feel the show satirizes both sides of the racial divide in order to bring people together. In this slapstick comedy, Shawn and Marlon Wayans play undercover FBI agents who dress up as two white women, Brittany and Tiffany, whom they are ordered to protect.
I s whiteface funnier than blackface? But if the sight of hunky African-American men cavorting as skanky white heiresses does not guarantee comic gold, it has a queasy, unsettling impact all its own—a satirical kick with a long lineage. After the Civil War, when black people entered minstrelsy, this function was fulfilled by a light-skinned black man without makeup.
It would be undeniable to ignore the impact the polarizing flick made on cinematic history. The controversial, albeit hilarious, movie is widely known for the pure ridiculousness of watching two Black men, Marlon and Shawn Wayans , disguise themselves as white women. While disguised as the Wilson duo, Kevin and Marcus run into the Wilsons' real-life friends, foes and admirers, putting added pressure on their masquerade. Despite being largely panned by critics, White Chicks was a box-office hit that resonated with the average moviegoer, opening at No. Sometimes you can watch a film at an older age and realize how little you actually understood when you were younger. I thought it was wildly outlandish and a far departure from other teeny bopper movies, like Shrek, but still wholesome in a way. Since then, social media has given rise to a more introspective way of viewing films that would make it hard for a film like White Chicks to be made today without a more nuanced take. It's plot boils down to a white man who dons digital blackface — adopting African-American vernacular English and calling himself Loqueesha — to win a radio show contest specifically looking for minority women. The concept of white privilege has been bubbling up in public social discourse for some time now.