Mitch Voorspoels · @Krepo

17th Feb 2015 from TwitLonger

Since this issue kinda went way beyond what was originally intended, a fun tweet to make a friend happy.

What happened: I tweeted a picture of a friend that joined us in our yearly carnaval. This year we cosplayed the Globo gym of the movie dodgeball. In this case, my friend was cosplaying as Mi'chelle, which happens to be an african american/black character. In order to so, he painted himself black. Now over here, during carnaval times it's pretty common so I didn't think much of it. After tweeting a picture, a lot of people understandably got upset since the "blackface" issue is a real thing in the states. Now i'll be honest, i had never heard about the topic. While I totally understand it, i want people to realize that cultural differences apply and there was no harm meant. It was literally just me wanting to make a friend happy by giving him some twitter fame for his costume that was part of our group...

The backlash was insane, while i respect misunderstandings. I don't want to be mistaken for what i'm not, a racist. I fell victim to the character limit of twitter, uttering the following reply.

I know it's a card played by a lot of people in the wrong. However, I didn't mean any harm. I've looked up the issue and I understand why a lot of people got upset by it. However I want people to understand that it's not a big red flag over here. I just feel slightly insulted by people proclaiming me to be racist solely based on that picture.

I now realize sending tweets out to a global audience require more foresight. And i will do so in the future, however i don't think there was any harm meant in what happened and i feel sad that so many people want to single me out as a "bad person" for what simply is a cultural misunderstanding.

If by now you have unfollowed me, i'm perfectly okay with that actually, I stand by everything I do.

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