So Halloween for YouTubers is pretty much like New York Fashion Week for fashion designers – it really is a chance to go all the way out and get insanely creative with makeup (assuming that you’re actually good at doing makeup) <–shade.
Halloween makeup tutorials usually start rolling in as early as the end of September with everything from blood, bruises and bites from ‘sugar skull’ masks, fairy makeup and even television characters. Many of which I usually partake in when I am in the mood.
But this year was different.
I can’t exactly put my finger on exactly why, but Halloween this year was not fun at all for me. It’s not that it’s a super sad day or anything, I just found that I wasn’t at all motivated to do anything.
I guess it could be a number of different reasons – one it could be lack of timing and funds to go out and purchase all of these different makeup and materials that I might only use once, that doesn’t excite me at all lol and I have MORE than enough makeup.
It could be due to the fact that I am transitioning from being a college graduate so really I have been enjoying the fact that sometimes I actually can sleep in until noon and not be penalized for it, which is kind of nice.
It also could be because of the fact that I am beauty obsessed and costume/fantasy makeup really doesn’t inspire me. It does but in different ways, I love BEAUTY looks. Commercial, editorial, stuff you may see celebrities wear on the red carpet. That is the type of makeup that excites me. Don’t get me wrong special fx makeup and the liking I think are absolutely amazing talents and I have a lot of awesome friends who are incredible at it, but I do try to stay in my lane when it comes to stuff like that.
Well those are the few reasons I could give you at the top of my head but…
Nope, that’s not it.
Perhaps it’s because of the fact that Halloween is October 31, and exactly 4 months ago from yesterday on June 28th (for those of you that don’t know) I lost one of my longest childhood friends, who was also my roommate at the time. Things have gotten better but I think without realizing it I subconsciously get a little down around this time of month. I am still recording and doing videos but there’s just something about celebrating spooky spirits and stuff like that, meh, just not in the mood.
And then there are the Halloween costumes.
This past weekend as many of my friends celebrated Halloween it seemed like everywhere I turned someone was making a complete fool out of themselves via photos I’ve seen shared on Twitter Instagram and Facebook and posting about what other people were wearing and doing this year. WE GET IT, Halloween is obviously a day to dress up and replicate someone else. But when did this B.S. become acceptable?!
Do you know what this? It’s called Blackface. You know something is wrong when it has its own genre. People have absolutely lost their damn minds. For real. There are a million different things to dress up as for Halloween – why the hell choose to mock another culture or race? Don’t you think you’d be embarrassed if you walked into a room full of the race or culture of people you were mocking and they saw you? If the answer is yes then you really need to reevaluate how you choose to celebrate Halloween. So you get to just mock my culture and I’m not supposed to be offended? gtfoh.
And then there are those who think black people should just get over it. What you ask? Well, everything apparently. And when this BS popped up on my timeline yesterday morning I really couldn’t stomach being silent anymore.
What kills me is we’re sitting here discussing black people, like they’re all one individual person, right. Okay so black people are all the same, we’re all racist, and we all need to lighten up and get over it because racism doesn’t exist. Oh.
Does wearing blackface mean you’re racist? I can’t answer that if I don’t know you personally so NOT necessarily and not always (example: in this case with Hough). But does it mean you executed poor judgement? Absolutely. You can dress up as Oprah, you can dress up as 2Pac, I won’t even be mad if you dressed up as Barack Obama, but the moment you take it to the next level and smear black or brown makeup on your face to try to mock my race or ANY race for that matter, I have little to no respect for you. I mean like I am side-eyeing you for real. Because, how could you NOT KNOW that would be offensive?! I mean, just, the ignorance is so…. *sigh*
My friend and fellow makeup artist Jennifer James said it best
There is no narrative that you can construct, no contextual safe space for you to make or seek. #Blackface is blackface. DON’T DO IT-PERIOD!
And the fact that it’s 2013 and people are still trying to explain, justify, and make it acceptable is what kills me.
And then there are the racially fueled discussions.
So, this doesn’t scream racist at all? Not one bit? Oh ok then.
I’m tired of hearing this:
But what about the movie White Chicks?! Huh huh?! Marlon and Shawn Wayans dressed up in white face! What the hell does that have to do with me?! It’s not like I co-wrote and directed the damn movie and two wrongs do NOT make a right! And um that was MOVIE fool. I don’t know why they chose two black actors to pretend to be two caucasion women in the film because I didn’t write the script. If any of you remember that video where I used lighter makeup to make my skin appear lighter, that was actually tastefully done. It wasn’t at all like I took pastey white makeup and just splattered in on my face as a joke. I actually wanted to see if I could theatrically make my features appear lighter the same way they do for stage plays and film and look GOOD while doing it. Because that’s a part of what I do professionally!!! Look at how tastefully and epically gorgeous makeup artist Scott Barnes made VANESSA WILLIAMS look like Christina Aguilera and other celebrities of various different shades.
You can’t sit here and tell me that is not one of the most gorgeous things you’ve ever seen. He’s not at all mocking or belittling ANYONE He gave her different faces but she looks beautiful at it. This looks insanely beautiful. Just like this
Now THAT is wtf I call tasteful and if you don’t know the difference between that…
then you need to get your eyes checked.
And I’m sick of hearing this:
But what about BET huh huh? How come we can’t have a white entertainment television? You already do. It’s called MOST of the major motion pictures, commercial advertisements, magazine editorials and spreads, mainstream media, and even MOST of the cosmetic industry. I think you’ve got more than enough entertainment to last you a lifetime because you’ve been dominating the industry for quite some time now. Remember back in the day when black people couldn’t even appear in films and when they finally could they weren’t allowed speaking roles and could only play the maid or the butler or basically anyone of service/non-significance? I bet you don’t remember that.
And then the other day I got a comment on one of my YouTube videos which kind of halfway prompted me to write this post.
A little off topic with that one but it basically just has to do with this victim mentality we fall for all the time.
The thing is though, if you’re white, hispanic, indian, or any other race and you were discriminating against me I would never ever ever in a million years treat you like you’ve treated me and reciprocate. Don’t like black people? That’s fine. But I have some amazing and incredibly kind friends from all different walks of life that I am really really grateful for and I plan on keeping it that way.
And to transition on over to the happier side of this post I’d like to introduce you to some of them…
So that, my friends, is a little background as to why I have not been motivated to celebrate Halloween this year.
No matter what, you will never ever in a million years, no matter how much you paint your face black, or piss me off in other various ways get me angry enough to generalize an entire race of people. I just wish many of you would give us and other races the same courtesy and respect. Stop generalizing.
I know that I came on kind of strong with this post but it was really important that I put these things out there from an intelligent, non bashing mindset. Truly, I am just thankful that social media allows people to put themselves on blast for how foolish they sound and look.
So really, I have to say to many of you, thank you. You make me extremely grateful for my parents who taught me to do better lol
AND this is probably the first and the last time you will ever hear me talk about anything like this on the blog (don’t quote me on that one though). It’s just since Halloween is so heavily influenced in the industry I work in I had to take a minute and explain my Halloween hiatus.
And on that note, I end with this:
What has shocked me the most about this blackface on Halloween convo has been the amount of Black people who are telling those of us who are mad about it to shut up, move on and stop expecting better. Are you kidding me??? I don’t know who taught you to lay down but just move the hell out the way for those of us who stand up. – Awesome Luvvi (Luvvi Ajayi)
I love you all, but pretty please can we do better next year?