Twitch Cosplayer Suspended For Using Blackface In ‘Apex Legends’ Costume
Twitch has issued a 30 day ban to Karina 'Karupups' Martsinkevich after she put on blackface in her cosplay of Apex Legends' Lifeline.
In a recent stream Martsinkevich was showing her viewers the work that goes into a cosplay. She had dyed her hair, put on the costume, and then began applying a dark foundation to mimic Lifeline's skin.
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Bu konuda çok fazla bilgim olmadığı ve sizin de düşüncelerinizi merak ettiğim için özellikle bu postun altına durumu tam olarak bilen kişilerin yorumunu bekliyorum. Fotoğraftaki Karupups twitch yayıncısı ve yayında Lifeline cosplay'i yaptığı için ırkçı damgasıyla 1 ay ban yemiş. Şimdi benim kafama takılan bazı konular; Lifeline karakteri zaten siyahi, kız beyaz olarak yapsaydı karaktere uygun olmamış olurdu ve bu tam anlamıyla bir cosplay olmazdı. Bir cosplayer karakter gerektiriyorsa rengini açar, gerektiriyorsa tenini yeşile boyar gerekirse mor olur. Siyahi bir karakterin cosplayini yapmak için tenini olması gereken renge boyaması kime battıysa bana göre asıl ırkçı onlar. Yazdığım şeylerde yanlış olan bir bilgi var ise düzeltebilirseniz çok sevinirim çünkü şu an sahip olduğum bilgiye göre bu olay baştan aşağıya saçmalık. #karupups #lifeline #apexlegends #cosplay
Before the stream had ended, Twitch shut it down and issued Martsinkevich with a 30 day ban.
Martsinkevich posted a video on YouTube, saying in it she didn't realise the racist history of blackface and "My cosplay [wasn't] meant to be painful for anyone. Please let me highlight that it was just for fun, I just wanted to change into my favorite Legend from the game."
However, while Martsinkevich may not have been aware of the insensitivity of blackface, it's a practice that has a long history. Since the 1800s, white actors would put on boot polish or blacken their faces with ash, to play black people. They would then perform in exaggerated stereotypes, most famously in minstrel shows. There was a scene in the 1950s-set Mad Men, in which one character wears blackface before singing 'Boxcar Willie':
Despite the ban and the apology video on Youtube, Martsinkevich has since posted a picture of her in here Lifeline cosplay on Instagram. "The character of Lifeline was already black, and if [I] did it in white, it would not have been suitable for the character, and that wouldn't be a complete cosplay," Martsinkevich writes (translated via Google Translate). "If a cosplayer requires a character, it will turn its color, if necessary, it will turn green to green if necessary."
Blackface is controversial in the cosplay community. While cosplayers are celebrated for the accuracy of their portrayals, and cosplayers are free to change their skin colour to match the alien reds, greens, and blues of sci fi characters, wearing blackface isn't permitted. Another cosplayer, Kay Bear explains why:
Some people dont seem to understand why painting your skin darker is wrong. Being black isnt a costume you can wear when you want. At the end of the day, you can wash off your face paint and never have to deal with anything that real POC people have to deal with... ♀️- kay bear :bear: (@kayyybearxo) April 14, 2019