A video of a man dressed in blackface at a Halloween-themed country club party in Hattiesburg is currently receiving backlash on social media.
The now-deleted video was posted by Madewood Street Music, a wedding and event cover band, on its Facebook page Oct. 14. The video was a compilation of highlight reel photos taken at the 2019 Bamboo Shootout at Canebrake Country Club.
The photo of blackface appeared seven minutes and 40 seconds into the video. The photo was of three unidentified Caucasian males standing side by side, dressed as a boxer, spy and what appeared to be Tiger Woods.
Though the video was deleted, screen captures of the man were shared on Facebook and Twitter.
Madewood Street Music issued a statement to the Clarion Ledger:
“Madewood Street Music was hired to perform for the annual Canebrake Country Club Member Guest Golf Tournament. We were not aware of anyone at the party wearing black face until it was brought to our attention when someone saw a video posted on our social media. Once we became aware, we immediately removed the video.
“We do not condone this person’s actions.”
Canebrake Country Club also released a statement:
“The Club recently held a private event where attendees were encouraged to dress as celebrity couples or someone famous. A guest of one of our members attended as Tiger Woods,” the statement said. “Our understanding is that there was no bad intent and does not reflect who we are as a Club. We apologize for any offense caused by this video, which has been taken off our Facebook page.”
Community liaison for Sipp Talk Imani Steven said the photo did not shock her.
“I don’t know who he is, but there is a possibility that he is someone’s boss. There’s a possibility that he’s someone’s doctor or someone’s lawyer, and the amount of disregard that this man must have for black people in the way that he displays it is not ok,” Steven said. “You should know that this is inappropriate. Blackface is old and tired.”
Senior broadcast journalism major J.R. Moody also said he was not surprised.
“With all the recent news of high-profile people in blackface, I know that it is still happening behind closed doors,” Moody said. “The audacity to post this and not have a reasonable conscience of thinking that was wrong is what shocked me, and this situation tells me that we haven’t fully addressed the issue of racial stereotypes, especially blackface.”