Momoiro Clover Z, the popular idol group that has contributed tunes to anime like Bodacious Space Pirates, Sailor Moon Crystal and the upcoming Dragon Ball Z film, have become embroiled in controversy after a tweet showing them in blackface.
Momoclo were done up in blackface, a kind of theatrical makeup meant to represent black people that is widely considered racist in the west, for a collaboration with Japanese doo-wop group Rats & Star, who have long performed in blackface.
The tweet, by Rats & Star’s Yoshio Sato, was retweeted by the New York Times’ Hiroko Tabuchi, which led to a large backlash, with many tweeting their displeasure at the photo to Sato. The tweet has since been deleted.
— Hiroko Tabuchi (@HirokoTabuchi) February 12, 2015
Japanese reactions have been mixed, with some arguing Rats & Star and similar performers use blackface out of respect for black musicians, and others sharing the disgust of the majority of the American responses.
Source: Rocket News
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