11 Feb '12, 10pm

Seeing red over UOB staff dinner 'blackface' photos

Seeing red over UOB staff dinner 'blackface' photos

Pictures of Chinese men with their faces painted black have been slammed for being offensive. They were taken at UOB's Bollywood-themed staff dinner. -- PHOTOS: FACEBOOK By Jennani Durai Several Chinese employees of United Overseas Bank have raised eyebrows online after posting pictures of themselves in 'blackface' at a Bollywood-themed staff dinner. Pictures of last Friday's event at the Fairmont Hotel were posted on social networking site Facebook on Sunday. At least three men are pictured with their faces painted black, presumably because the event was Indian-themed and Indians have darker skin. 'Blackface' is widely seen as racially charged, especially in the United States. It originated as a form of theatrical make-up for performers to act out caricatures of dark-skinned people. Attempts to reach the staff involved were unsuccessful.

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/...

Comments

  1. 12 Feb '12, 4pm

    OUB staff ...Are'nt you shame of yourself? Call yourself a banker. A disgrace to the profession. Thumbs up to the Singapore straits times for highlighting this issue. No room for racism.

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  2. 12 Feb '12, 2am

    juvenile and non sensitive chinese people are plenty in sgp

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