Blackface Solange Knowles Costume Doesn’t Go Over So Well For White French Elle Editor
Elle France beauty editor Jeanne Deroo has learned the hard way that, nope, dressing up in blackface to “honor” your favorite musician, Solange Knowles, isn’t okay.
Deroo posted the image of herself wearing blackface, a huge Afro wig, and bright pink lipstick on her Instagram account (which has since been removed). After attracting the ire of numerous blogs, including Ebony, The Root, Clutch Magazine, Huffington Post’s Black Voices, and Styleite, Deroo issued an apology on TwitLonger attempting to distance her employer from the incident.
I realise how much the fact of painting oneself brown is an offensive act. I didn’t realise [sic] the seriousness of my action when I went to a private party last Saturday evening, which the theme was “Icons,” and where I chose to embody Solange Knowles, of whom I am a fan. During this private party, I posted a picture of myself on my Instagram without intention of hurting anyone. I deeply regret and would like to present all my apologies. I would also like to indicate that this picture published in a private context does not involve in any way the french ELLE magazine I work for, and I am sorry for the prejudice it has caused.
Oh, white folks in blackface. When will people ever learn?!
[Images via Jezebel.com and Getty]