Blackface, Dis-Chem

Blackface, Dis-Chem

'It's not blackface, it was bad make-up' - Dis-Chem store manager

'It's not blackface, it was bad make-up' - Dis-Chem store manager

2020-02-26 05:09:00 PM

'It's not blackface, it was bad make-up' - Dis-Chem store manager

The shop displayed a white mannequin with an ochre-toned product on its face, which resembled blackface.

Dressed in African-print clothing and traditional sandals, the mannequin was accompanied by a hut, a reed mat and some calabashes.Dischem has this installation up at their Killarney store. Apparently it's part of their"African beauty campaign". What's going on here? Why is this happening? pic.twitter.com/j3xsJ4qGEk

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— Thembalethu (@T_Lethu) February 21, 2020 Dis-Chem apologised for the display, saying it was an isolated incident.702's Eusebius McKaiser speaks to Dis-Chem Killarney Mall store manager Tarryl Moonsamy to find out what was the thinking behind the display.

"The mannequin was done distastefully and it was a bad make-up job done by one of the staff members in the store. The minute I saw it, I removed it," Moonsamy said."The theme was African Beauty Fair and that is what we went along with. One of the staff members took their own initiative to start creating a display and once the display was done I removed it because it looked wrong.

"The staff member who did it wanted to embrace her own culture and she wanted to bring about something about herself into the display, which definitely went wrong. It was a mistake on the make-up job done from our side."We don't have mannequins, the staff member brought in her own mannequin and she did the display on it. We did not intend to make a mockery of anyone. This is not blackface, it was bad make-up," Moonsamy added.

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🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️ If it's a black face !what's e problem? Ag fok That's Donalita Trump Very bad make up.🤣🤣 Mischief making by staff member ... Wonder what her own makeup looks like. 🤣🤣🤣 Not very professional.... why only the face People should rather concentrate on the crime in the area's than a stupid mannequin. Including the media, it's bizarre 😱😠💩

A storm in a tea cup. nevermind the traditonal attire and the apparent thatch-broom in its left hand... make-up on a mannequinDischem blackface Ag kak man. n Kleuter kan dit beter doen. Don't take us for fool's Looks more like a coloured face I said it!😂

We never wanted the mannequin to be political, racial or anything like that - Dis-ChemThe staff member that did the viral 'black face' make-up job at a Killarney Mall Dis-Chem store has been identified as black by store manager Tarryl Moonsamy.

We never wanted the mannequin to be political, racial or anything like that - Dis-ChemThe staff member that did the viral 'black face' make-up job at a Killarney Mall Dis-Chem store has been identified as black by store manager Tarryl Moonsamy.

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