The Internet is torn about a new tweet from Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart. While some call it “racially insensitive”, others are criticizing people for making it about race at all — and the whole thing brings into question what blackface really is in regards to Halloween.
The tweet, which she has since deleted, was that of a demon in all black clothes and black body paint. “Found my Halloween costume!!” the actress wrote. “Inspired by the color of my soul.”
And, of course, because this is the Internet, chaos ensued. As people began tweeting at Reinhart for the offensive outfit, she deleted her tweet and apologized:
But still the conversation continues: should Lili Reinhart have had to apologize? Was her costume actually a portrayal of blackface?
Some people argued that yes, darkening her skin in any way was problematic.
Others, on the other hand, saw nothing wrong with Reinhart’s costume.
In fact, some people believed that calling it “blackface” was problematic to begin with, because what does that say about how we view POC?
I’m sure this is going to be a pretty big topic this October. While costumes that appropriate culture have been a hot topic debate the past few years, what does and does not count as blackface is sure to be one of the conversations going on this year. What do you think?