Controversy has raged ever since a local Victorian football/netball club, the Frankston Bombers, posted images of players dressed as ‘rappers’ to their public Instagram page. Many players donned dreadlock wigs, covered themselves with fake tattoos and painted their bodies black for the club function, which was ‘iPod Shuffle’ themed. The club have since publicly apologised.
There did seem to be some confusion within the panel, however, who thought the theme was not 'iPod Shuffle', but 'favourite rappers'. Whether blackface is racist, Kruger didn't seem too sure, hinting that a theme that asked the players to dress up as their 'favourite rappers' didn't give them much choice.
'Do you know what, Dave and I were talking about this. If you have a party and you come as your favourite rap artist, is everyone supposed to come as Eminem or Vanilla Ice? Do you know what I mean?'
“Yeah, I think it’s in poor taste, but to have a party like that you’ve got to expect that sort of dress up, don’t you?” the 50-year-old mum asked her colleagues.
“Look, we keep going on about this because apparently there’s a generation of people that just still don’t get the fact that black face isn’t ok," Campbell replied, adding that blacking your face is "a stupid thing to do.”
“They’ve set themselves up with this party," he said of the 'iPod Shuffle' theme, commenting that the majority of the partygoers were presumably white and, in his opinion, given little choice in the matter. “So their option is ‘Do I black up or not?’”