An Australian woman, named Olivia hosted an ‘African themed’ birthday party and then decided to share the photographs on her Facebook page.
Olivia’s Facebook page was exposed by Tumblr user BlackinAsia who wrote:
Blackface, elephant and gorilla costumes, warpaint, Native American headdresses (?!) and more …. I’m at a loss for words,”
In an attempt to defend herself Olivia said:
“It was my ‘African themed’ party and it was honestly made that theme because I have always wanted to go to Africa (to teach English) but haven’t made it there yet. In no way was this party intended to hurt anyone’s feelings or upset anyone at all.
“However, some guest (sic) did decide to paint themselves, although this was in no way my intention or encouraged in the slightest. I understand that this has offended some people and I have no idea how these photos have even been seen, they were simply put on Facebook for my guests to see the photos of themselves.
“I am 100% sure that parties would be held that would be ‘Australian themed’ or American themed or even countries of the world, and in that instance I don’t believe anyone would be offended. People wear Oktoberfest costumes to parties and no one cracks it that they are not German? So what I am saying is I do understand the people who have painted themselves have offended people, although none of them intended that …. but how can people be annoyed that the majority of the people at the party were celebrating another countries culture.”
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Oh dear, oh dear Olivia. TUT TUT.
For a start this happened in Australia. Anyone who knows about race relations in that part of the world and the continuous mistreatment of the Aborigines should not be surprised by any of this.
The ‘war paint’ gorilla costumes, black boot polish and the fact that one of her guest’s decided to wear a Klu Klux Klan costume (did a noose come with the costume?) to this mess of a ‘African themed’ party tells me all I need to know about Olivia and her cronies.