Hockey Trades Black Eyes for Blackface - Bloomberg
The Canadian men’s hockey team narrowly escaped what would have been a stunning upset by Latvia yesterday, squeaking by with a 2-1 win to advance to the Olympic semifinals. Yet there has been as much buzz over what went on in the stands as over what nearly happened on the ice.
The New York Times’ Ben Rothenberg tweeted a photo of a white Team Canada fan watching the game in full-on blackface while wearing the jersey of Jamaican-Canadian player P.K. Subban. Appropriate outrage has ensued, especially given the inexplicable resurgence of blackface in popular culture in the past year. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen horrific displays even from fans attempting to show support for a black player; when Subban first came up with the Montreal Canadiens in 2010, some Habs fans paired “Subbanator” T-shirts with afros and shoe polish on their faces.