Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Is America Ready for Chang the Blackface Elf?

Tomorrow night's Community is another high-concept episode, this one taking on Dungeons & Dragons. Sounds very promising and everything, but this quick image from the promos is really something else. Chang the blackface elf! Holy shit, guys. This might surpass Mac's Riggs from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia as best use of blackface in a sitcom from the past year (sorry, Roger Sterling, Mad Man is a drama). But hey, why make it a competition? They're all amazing uses of blackface.

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  • bazilli

    i can honestly say i was not ready for that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Drucker/804795 Mike Drucker

    Like the link says, he's a drow. Drow aren't "black people" in any sort of way in D&D. They're underground elves with matriarchal societies and weird magic. And while I know the trailer has the "hate crime" joke, I've seen people at conventions dressed as Drizzt and it not feel offensive in any way. I think the humor in the characterization ISN'T that he's in black face, but that's the way that any normal person would interpret a drow cosplay.

    Jesus I can't believe I typed that and can't believe it's all factually accurate.

    • http://splitsider.com Adam Frucci


      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Drucker/804795 Mike Drucker

        I know this doesn't help, but the drow goddesses is Lolth, whose name sort of fits in with the theme of the site, amiright?

        • http://splitsider.com Adam Frucci

          No, I think that definitely helps.

  • http://www.twitter.com/becca_oneal Rebecca O'Neal

    Definitely not blackface … and definitely not as fecal-looking as Roger Sterling in blackface. I wasn't offended by that at all. Just grossed out.

    And Community would have to do a whole hell of a lot to piss me off because I LOVE THAT SHOW!