Epic Fail: Philippines Does Blackface

I was really shocked to find out about GMA’s new teleserye called Nita Negrita. Yes, Nita Negrita! The lead actress Barbie Forteza dons a blackface. Her fair complexion is painted black to portray the role of an orphaned Filipino/African-American child. For the first episode, an infant is also painted black for several scenes which includes the birth scene of Nita Negrita. Critics also blasted the series for the poor make-up, Nita Negrita’s skin color resembles that of charcoal, an obvious exaggeration of African-American skin color. However, I didn’t see people complain when Japanese actor Matsumoto Jun donned a “brownface” for his role as a Filipino in the J-drama Smile (by the way, it sucked).

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