Hoo boy, here we are again. A Liberal National candidate from Brisbane, Kerri-Ann Dooley, is in hot water for posting a photo of herself on Instagram with a bloke in straight-up blackface. Just undeniable, super racist, 100% legit blackface.
According to Dooley, she was at an “Australian-themed housewarming party” (what kind of garbage theme…) when she met the guy, who was supposedly dressed as the late Dr G Yunupingu of Yothu Yindi. She apparently thought his outfit, which seems to consist of a curly wig, a headband, an Aboriginal flag t-shirt, and, once again, painting his face black I.E. BLACKFACE, was well worth a selfie.
Dooley posted the picture over the weekend, with the caption “Got to meet the singer of Yothu Yindi yesterday“. She then deleted it.
In a statement to NewsCorp, Dooley explained:
I attended an Australian themed house warming party where guests went as icons of prominent Australian identities. The party was a great celebration of Australian life and culture.
One person was a fan of the band Yothu Yindi and lead singer, the late [Dr G] Yunupingu. I posted a photo of us together on my Instagram feed. On reflection it was a mistake to post this photo and unprompted, I deleted it. I apologise for any offence that this may have caused.
Great to see the LNP’s hopefuls really grasping the severity of racial discrimination in Australia. Unbelievable.