Women’s sport is all over the news today. And while normally I’d rejoice that the media are finally paying attention to our nation’s brilliant female athletes, the mighty Australian Opals are attracting coverage today for some pretty awful reasons.
On Sunday afternoon, basketballer Alice Kunek posted a photo on Instragam in which she and Melbourne Boomers teammate, Tess Madgen, were both wearing fancy dress. Kunek was dressed up as rapper Kanye West, complete with a ripped white t-shirt, a beanie… and a face of dark brown paint.
Liz Cambage – who is of Nigerian descent – was shocked and upset by the photo of her fellow Opal appearing in blackface. She took to Twitter to express her surprise and disgust at the ‘costume’, sending a series of tweets that have since provoked widespread media attention.