Korean Designer, Lie Sang Bond is stirring up controversy as he becomes the latest designer to use white models with brown painted faces in his runway show. During Paris Fashion Week, Bond presented his Fall 2012 Ready to Wear collection with 39 different looks wherein each model had the same brown painted circle covering a large portion of their faces. The ‘blackface’ he sent down the runway has offended many, with several critics asserting that the practice is racist and shouldn’t be considered ‘art.’  The racial implication of blackface arguably makes it much more than an artful expression. During minstrel shows, white actors painted their faces black and performed racist black stereotypes as entertainment. I don’t think Bond’s intentions were to play on an ugly part in Black American History, but when will designers learn that painting a white person’s face black or brown will never be a fashion statement?

What are your thoughts on Bond’s blackface? Do you find it offensive even if it’s “just art?”

-Jamiese Price

  • alyson

    so what was the point? what exactly was he trying to express?
    the whole thing just seems stupid.
    he should have just used black models.

  • Sherri

    This is NOT OK. korea needs to stop. its 2012 and this is not ok. He should have just used black models,

  • StevePorter

    Africa for the Africans,Asia for the Asians,white countries for EVERYBODY!

    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, liberals and respectable conservatives agree I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

  • ExposeHypocrisy

    “Genocide is genocide, whether accomplished by bullets, mustard gas, or mass immigration and social engineering.”
    Anti-whites target White nations & ONLY White nations with massive 3rd-World-Immigration combined with Assimila­tion, Integration & Diversity programs.
    All of these progams lead to White GENOCIDE !!!
    EVERY major “anti-racism” campaign ONLY targets the White race.
    Anti-whites call themselves “anti-racist”. What they are is anti-White
    Anti-racist is a CODE WORD for anti-White

  • SpeakUpNow

    MultiCULTuralism today looks like this…
    African countries for Africans
    Asian countries for Asians
    Israel for Jews or you’re an anti-semite!
    White countries for everyone or you’re a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.
    White people protesting this genocidal hypocrisy are called “racist”
    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White

  • http://dont-read.blogspot.com Angel H.

    Obvious racist sockpuppet is obvious.

  • george wells

    I wonder why the issue of so-called racism is brought up so often. I believe its part of the anti-white propaganda effort to de-construct white society and re-build based upon a multi-racial basis. Only the continued existence of the white race prevent the creation of this brave new world.

    The US Founders never would have imagined an American elite so corrupt that they would dissolve the people and import a new one. But how about the WHITES? There future?

    How is this not genocide:
    White countries are being flooded by non-whites. We are told to be TOLERANT. We are forced to integrate.

    With assimilation we see the extinction of one race only, the white race. Its not funny, not comedy, its white genocide.

  • Robbie

    There has been a lot of blackface comedy in Korea of late. Obviously, they have no problem with it. But they will be quick to scream if they feel they are being satirized or “dissed”. I guess they feel the rest of the world doesn’t see it…..

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  • Jamie I.

    White Genocide? Really? Anti White? REALLY? I am shaking my fro with intensity right now.

  • Poor thing

    Well Steve… Sad that you are begrudged about Europe being for EVERYONE, keep hope alive it’ll be alright soon… Maybe?

    Here is a thought, maybe things would have remained the way you wish they had remained if your “race” had stayed in Europe and not gone off the the Asians’ Asia, Africans’ Africa and so on.

    The “third world” will keep pouring in because at one time, not as long as we’d all like to believe the “first world” poured into their lands without visa applications none the less.
    I propose this as a solution to THE (your) problem.

    Tally up all the benefits the “first world” has reaped of the “third world”. Then, send the “third worlders” back to their lands, only this time they will carry with them the sum of the worth gained through human & natural resources from their lands, used to develop the “first world”. I presume they would go freely/gladly. Then dear Steve Europe will once again be for the Europeans, and the Europeans alone. Oh what a day that will be.

    Wish you all the best in your quest to solve the BLACK problem.

  • But how about the WHITES? There future?

    “I believe its part of the anti-white propaganda effort to de-construct white society and re-build based upon a multi-racial basis”… “But how about the WHITES? There future?”… “White countries are being flooded by non-whites. We are told to be TOLERANT. We are forced to integrate” If you give it some thought you will find that you have more in common with the “non-whites” than you know. They too we beaten into being TOLERANT and were forced to… well no they were not forced to integrate, their land was just confiscated. But eeh you probably are worse off.

  • @ Jamie I.

    Jamie, don’t mess up your fly fro over this :-).

    One thing we all should know by now is that the law of nature is that things always come full circle. It’s somewhat amusing that some people are throwing on their “victim” hats.
    Not everyone will like it when the boomerang they cast ends up striking them in the back.

  • OohLaLa

    Clearly SOMEONE felt the need to push their opinion several times here. Anywho…

    It’s not complicated. You know it’s wrong because it feels wrong. If white people can’t understand why it’s offensive to wear black-face, I just don’t know.

    I, as a black woman, would never wear “white-face.” I would never pull back my eyes to look more Asian. This is making a mockery of people and it’s just offensive.

  • zoo

    Designers do all kinds of weird stuff during their shows and I am not seeing “black face”, instead I am seeing brown circle. Would it be okay if he instead did several small brown circles instead?

  • me

    THIS. +1

  • Pseudonym

    That’s not black face in that foto.

  • rose

    I m black and I don’t see where is the prb… we saw white models with brown painted all other their bodies for photoshoots everyday and we never say 1word about how polemic this is.
    and for me those faces have nothing of outrageous. It’s just art. in Fashion, everything is made to celebrate.

  • erica

    I’m pretty damn sure StevePorter, ExposeHypocrisy,SpeakUpNow, are the same person. Why are there so many white people talking about POCs immigrating to Europe on a black fashion website.

  • omfg

    look, white people have no one to blame for themselves:

    whites sailed to every corner of the world, took from others, raped women, occupied people’s lands, and stole their resources. whites are a minority yet control much of the world’s resources and wealth.

    please remember that most of the earth’s natural resources are not in europe. so, if you want others out of europe, then european descended people should relinquish their interest in the lands of others, among other things.

    stop policies that deliberately seek to ensure failure of others. stop telling others what to do.

    and please remember that the united states is not in europe and was a place where nonwhites lived, until whites invaded. it was whites who brought over african slaves and encouraged others to come here.

    get your facts straight. this has never been, is not and never will be a white country.

    get over yourself.

  • omfg

    interesting because a few weeks ago, a kpop songwriter named jenny hyun tweeted (in response to floyd mayweather’s comment about jeremy lin) that black people should be exterminated – you know, genocide.

    this is really not surprising. i hear black face is not uncommon in korea.

  • shelli

    they way it is portrayed here looks like “art” like a cut-out mask…it does not even look like the “black face” of old in which the entire face was painted a shiny black, with exaggerated white or red lined lips., and huge white eyes..my first impression is that the picture above does not denote a “minstrel-like character…

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  • taryn

    Seeing as how this designer is hardly a household name, i’m guessing it was just a stunt that got the desired result: publicity!

    If it were just about design and opposites, etc, they could/should have thrown some black models in the mix with faces painted in white circles…

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