‘The X Factor NZ’ judge Shelton Woolright defends Blackface use in concerts
The X Factor New Zealand has jumped from one controversy unto another. The show hired Shelton Woolright as a replacement for fired judge Willy Moon last week, but apparently Woolright has brought in a new scandal of his own, even before appearing on the show.
On his Facebook were images of him in blackface during performances. The I Am Giant and former Blindspott drummer then defended the use as a “form of expression and a point of difference”.
Putting on “blackface” to make yourself look like a black person has racist history. Perhaps Woolright just doesn’t care? What a huge disappointment.
“My love of music and creativity means I have become not only a drummer in a hard rock band, but also a photographer and artist. I grew up listening to and watching alternative bands like KISS, Mudvayne and Tool who all created stage costumes for their performances. Just like my influencers, the black face paint has been part of my stage performance for various shows and videos and and has been a developing concept. As with my full body tattoos, it has been a form of expression and a point of difference. As an alternative hard rock artist, I’m looking for ways to enhance my performances – to create attention and develop my stage persona – I love being creative, and it is as simple as that. Creating a show that is enjoyable and different for audiences to watch”
Via Stuff NZ