What happens when two women ‘black-up’ in London park for Christmas tradition?



This video shows Londoners’ reactions to someone ‘blacking up’ – even if it is done as a tradition.

Documentary makers went to a park to test people’s reactions to white people wearing black faces as part of a Dutch Christmas tradition.

Understandably, many people were offended and during one confrontation the ‘Black Petes’ (Zwarte Piet) were asked to leave by a woman who was clearly quite distressed by what they were wearing.

At one point they were met by a perplexed Russell brand who told them: ‘What this tradition does, is it dehumanises people that are of a different ethnicity and it reduces them to a lower status of either toys or a degenerative role as servants.

‘In this country we think of Holland as a very advanced nation with advanced social principles, so it’s very surprising to see this kind of tradition.’

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