There was a job that I worked once when I was in my early 20s where you would be covered in dust darn near the entire time you were there.
When you left work, you would have to cover your car seats in towels or bed sheets to keep the graphite dust from getting all over the car.
Shoot, if for some reason you didn’t wear any kind of face shield depending on the machine you were using your face would be covered in a thin layer of graphite dust.
Sometimes you would talk into a convenience store on the way home and nobody would say anything because they knew that you worked at the graphite factory. That and they weren’t looking for something to be racist.
That’s the problem these days is that people are looking for racism in everything.
When it comes to classic Disney movies, few take the cake as often as the 1964 classic, Mary Poppins.
Not only does the timeless movie feature Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, but it also had some awesome music and classy humor.
You’re not going to be able to sit through a showing of Mary Poppins without tapping your foot and laughing along with the characters – and not only that, you’ll learn a few lessons along the way as well.
Nevertheless, the original Mary Poppins movie has undergone renewed scrutiny now that the remake has come out featuring Emily Blunt. And because of one scene in the original features blackface, social media users are torn between whether it is racist or not.
The conversation around the scene’s political correctness began when English and gender studies professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner pointed at the scene.
You may remember the part of the movie when Mary Poppins and Bert take children Jane and Michael on an adventure tour along the rooftops of London.
They’re accompanied by Bert’s chimney sweep friends, and because their tour involves the inner workings of many chimneys, they’re soon covered in soot.
However, Mary Poppins notices that the children are dirty and tries to wipe it off. But this only exacerbates the problem and soon smudges the soot more onto he nose and cheeks. In a controversial opinion, Professor Pollack-Pelzner questioned the original movie’s motivation.
Was Disney trying to poke fun at the racial caricatures that blackface represents? Or were they just playing in the chimneys’ soot?