The owner of Papa Roux restaurant in Indianapolis caused quite a Fat Tuesday controversy after donning black face makeup to celebrate the day. The origins of wearing blackface on Fat Tuesday comes from the Zulu parade in New Orleans, orginially an entirely African-American krewe. A legal challenge made the krewe organizers allow all races to ride in the parade; however, any non African American was required to wear blackface. That is the tradition Papa Roux's owner says he was trying to honor at his restaurant's Fat Tuesday party. But, those unaware of the history, were offended and thought his makeup to be racist. What do you think? Are we too politically correct in today's world or were his actions, outside of New Orleans where people may not know much about Mardi Gras, racially insensitive?
Posted March 4th, 2014 @ 6:35pm