If you're thinking about wearing a costume to a costume party, and you're wondering whether or not it's offensive, there are a short list of questions you should ask yourself before donning the outfit.
At the top of the list should be, "Is the costume blackface?" If the answer is "yes," then you should never, ever wear the costume. It's that simple.
Apparently French soccer player Antoine Griezmann never got that memo, because he thought the best way to dress up as a Harlem Globetrotters basketball player would be to go in blackface, complete with a faux afro.
I mean, props to Griezmann for not just going as a soccer player (totally lazy move) to whatever costume party he was headed to, but, dude, blackface, in 2017? Come on.
People were obviously not having it.
What is Antoine Griezmann thinking?— John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) December 17, 2017
And is there nobody around him to tell him that is a very bad idea?
Some found it difficult to believe that Griezmann didn't have anyone in his corner to let him know the costume was a very, very bad idea. While others couldn't believe that there were actually people on the internet trying to defend Griezmann's get-up.
Irony: the free speech advocates on Twitter defending Griezmann’s use of blackface are demanding people find it funny.— Musa Okwonga (@Okwonga) December 17, 2017
I mean, especially if you're a public figure and you're putting it on your own Instagram account...just...why?!
Hard to believe people are defending someone dressing in blackface in 2017. If it doesn’t offend you maybe try to understand that it offends a lot of people. Very simple. Not a smart move by Griezmann.— Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) December 17, 2017
It started a conversation on whether or not blackface could be considered racist in 2017. For many, the topic isn't up for debate.
White men love to tell black people how we should feel about racism. I’m not interested in seeing “both sides”, what he did was wrong and he needs to apologize + delete his post.— Jordan (@jordansdiamonds) December 17, 2017
The whole Griezmann fiasco is mad.— SLEIGH BUCKS 🇦🇺🎅🏻 (@TheMasterBucks) December 18, 2017
All the guy wanted to do was dress up for an 80’s party as a basketball player because he’s a huge fan of the Harlem Globetrotters, the NBA and it’s culture.
He wanted to celebrate it but instead he’s getting branded as racist...
How ironic. pic.twitter.com/PXnl05aFMI
And for those defending Griezmann's choice to wear the outfit, well, they must feel really awkward now that he issued this apology.
Je reconnais que c’est maladroit de ma part. Si j’ai blessé certaines personnes je m’en excuse.— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) December 17, 2017
"I admit it's awkward on my part. If I hurt some people I apologise."
What's especially troubling about Griezmann's blunder is that he plays for an already huge soccer club and has allegedly been in talks to be transferred to mega teams like Barcelona and Chelsea. Not only that: but he's loved by a lot of fans.
I doubt Antoine Griezmann is a racist I think he’s just really ignorant though.— Fantasmita🇺🇸🇸🇻 (@JacobRam95) December 18, 2017
Was it just an honest mistake? Or did Griezmann really screw the pooch here?