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For an 80's themed costume party, six Phi Mu women attending the University of Southern Mississippi wore black face to depict Bill Cosby and his Huxtable family.

…. ….

Oh wow. Really? Really??

And the saddest part is they probably didn't even think they were doing anything wrong. Some people are just that ignorant…

Phi Mu's national office put the girls on probation, but we don't think missing a formal will really solve anything.

No, those girls need to have a little chit-chat with the Deltas instead!

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66 comments to “Some Mississippi Phi Mu Girls Don Black Face For Costume Party - Someone Didnt Tell Them Thats Soo Last Century!”



  1. 1

    I think I have to forgive them because (based on the picture) they managed to look EXACTLY like the Huxtables!



  2. 2

    who cares?



  3. 3

    OK so the gay child rapist and coverup story is now completely OFF you agenda radar. 10 year old rape victim, too bad for you. pEEREX you are a complete and unmitigated asshole



  4. 4

    i dont really understand the problem with this. can someone explain to me. is it coz they are black ?? coz no one would complain if they were black kids dressing up as white kids. they wernt making fun of them. americans are so hypocritical.



  5. 5

    Re: T.E.A.M.J.O.L.I.E – says the person who is Team Jolie…aka home wrecker.



  6. 6

    I don't understand how someone can dress up and put on a wig and it is fine but someone can't paint their face to dress up. What is the difference? I have red hair, which is obviously different from someone who has blond hair. Someone with "white" skin is obviously different from someone with "black skin," however the only difference is the color and nothing else. Is it offensive to blond people for me to put on a blond wig and dress up as a respectable blond person for Halloween? No. So why is this offensive? The fact that they are being punished and that this is all over the national news (well, not really all over, but has made it past just USM) makes it seem like such a horrible thing to do, and creates even more seperation between whites and blacks. Who cares what they wore for Halloween? As a white person, I would not be offended in the slightest if an African American put on white makeup and dressed as a white person.



  7. 7

    What is the point of this?

    This is not celebrity news…therefore NOT your place to report.

    Furthermore, you complain about ignorance but you choose to report this story with words like PROBABLY - "And the saddest part is they probably didn't even think they were doing anything wrong. Some people are just that ignorant…"

    Take your emotion out of your writing and realize that people wear inappropriate costumes every day. While it is NOT ok that this happened, you are adding to the ignorance of the situation and promoting negative stereotypes of sororities. One bad costume choice by 6/175,000 members is not enough to condemn a 159 year old organization based on personal and academic development, service to others, commitment to excellence and lifelong friendship through a shared tradition. Although these individuals did not live up to their values, I am sure their nationals are doing all in their power to promote such cultural awareness and to make these women achieve their personal best. While their nationals and campus is working to educate others based on the situation, you have not included any of this information and are simply working against this to promote ignorance.



  8. 8

    They went to a COSTUME party people!!! By saying someone can't put on black makeup to portray someone is like saying no one can dress up for halloween. I understand black facing used to be rude and cruel to black people but these girls werent doing anything of that nature. I can't believe people are making such a big deal out of this! #SMTTT I'm sure bill Cosby would have thought they did a good job! I saw a picture before they were taking down and not in any picture did they act racist. Give these girls a break! They are good people. I actually went to high school with one. Have a little humor. Times have changed so don't stay stuck in the past. I believe white chicks was made with 2 black guys.



  9. 9

    It's certainly in poor taste, but it doesn't bother me. Lame that they got in trouble for playing dress up. The Wayon's brothers dress up like white people all the time. There's a really interesting "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" episode that touches upon the topic of black face. Highly recommend!



  10. 10

    Funny how if that black guy dresses up like justin timberlake or the wayans cross dress as white girls in a movie its perfectly fine but if a white person dresses up in black face the fucking idiots come out screaming about racism…



  11. 11

    Mississippi is an extremely racist state. Not too long ago a bunch of whit teenagers literally drove around looking for a black person to kill, they ran over his body when he was already beaten down. So, I personally believe there is UNDERLYING racism in these stupid girls. And as much of a sweeping generalization I make about people in Mississippi, I don't sincerely give a damn if any of you find it offensive :) Taste the rainbow bitch.

  12. mw says – reply to this


    12

    people are dumb



  13. 13

    I am so tired of all this PC BS
    Why would painting your face black, and putting on an Afro, be any different than a man painting his face pink, putting on a wig, tits, and a dress ?????

    As Ru Paul said
    Were all born naked, and everything we put on after that is drag



  14. 14

    Re: gregoryschmo – Funny how you took the time to comment on this article to say that you don't care. Normally when I see an article that I don't care about, I just don't finish reading it and move on to the next.



  15. 15

    …and? Would it be wrong if you planned on dressing up as Snooki to paint your face orange? I'm just not getting the big deal… I wouldn't be offended if a black person painted their face white to portray a white person. I don't believe in double standards. and IT'S HALLOWEEN.



  16. 16

    I don't know what is worse… the terrible MS news stations blowing this story up or the fact that YOU are blogging about this and thinking it is newsworthy!? THAT is so last century…

    Who is writing a story about Obama or Clinton masks? —NO ONE THAT'S WHO …because NO ONE CARES!!

    Leave it to bored people, racist people, or even GDIs to try to make this a story…
    go to a Greek function everyone dresses up as everything and everyone.. with no bad intentions… do we forget that PHI MU is one of the top sororities in the country that raises MILLIONS of dollars every year to non-profit organizations… with that being said I REALLLLLYYYY doubt they meant anything bad about it..

    and btw they were the Huxtables… not slaves.



  17. 17

    Re: Jumperchu – that's pathetic. Your judging someone on a costume they wore and they live who knows how far away from you. In case you didn't know Mississippi could almost be divided into two parts. The southern portion of Mississippi is a lot different from the north. You don't offend me because I'm proud of where I am from. Along with the great people who have come from Mississippi like Elvis Presley, faith hill, and robin Roberts! Who is black and from pass Christian my neighboring city! It's a shame that black people are so quick to jump and say a white person is being racist yet you all call each other the N word. I have best friends that are black. Southern miss is a GREAT school and I am proud to say I am a student. Make sure you have your facts straight before you start judging someone!



  18. 18

    NOT a big deal, and I think that while it was in poor taste, they weren't intentionally trying to be racist or offensive.
    Some people seem to know why blackface is considered offensive, but a lot of people just don't understand why. Just because blackface was used in the 1800s and early 1900s as a way to portray African Americans in an extremely negative way doesn't mean that that's how anyone intends it in modern times. It's freaking FACE PAINT. They wanted to look like the Huxtables for goodness' sake.

    Ignorance is unfortunate, but it's not a crime. And they were not malicious about it.

    I don't think this has any place on your website- they're young girls. Stop persecuting them and assuming things about their organization. No need to sully their names and their sorority over this.



  19. 19

    Re: Jumperchu – well aren't you just contributing to HATE CRIMES by all of your remarks?
    TASTE THE RAINBOW HYPOCRITE



  20. 20

    Re: lalaaly55 – pretty sure commenting doesnt mean caring.



  21. 21

    This stuff pisses me off, soooo bad! WHY is this racist? It's a costume!! At the Halloween party we went to this year, a white guy came dressed up as Flava Flav…face painted black and all! NO ONE said anything about him being racist! NO ONE would say 1 WORD, if a black man/woman came dressed as a white person! Or a blond came in w/ a red wig…ect! Let me also point out the fact that i've been reading how the Black Actresses are Mad b/c Kim K. got Cast in the new Tyler Perry movie! Uh, how RACIST is this! They are mad b/c she is WHITE!?! Hello! Also, how long would it take for the Black Community to start protesting if there was a television channel called "WHITE ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION", like their "BET"! I've ALWAYS thought that is some BS! God Forbid the WHite Community have their "own" television station w/ all White people, b/c all the other races would flip OUT!! I'm SOOO tired of it all being ONE-SIDED!! You don't hear white people bitching about BET, or Black people being cast in Movies! What if a White movie director decided to do a movie openly with an ALL white cast..? It could NEVER happen! Not like the directors do w/ an all Black cast! Obviously! Hence the issue w/ Kim K. being casts in an all Black Movie. It's BS!



  22. 22

    Re: Princess Mandie – you cant help who you fall in love with and why anyone would love horse faced maniston is beyond me but this is not about angie and brad.racism is defined as: The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, esp. so as to distinguish it as…
    Prejudice or discrimination directed against someone of a different race based on such a belief. were these girls doing that. no! and most people agree with me. its like wearing a wig . its a color and nothing more. they were dressing up and black people dress up as white people all the time. so why in america do they only think that white people are racist. where i come from its more common for blacks to be racist towards whites and its accepted to. it happens in america but at least we can admit it. this was not a hate crime and they were not discriminating your race. so get over it. it was just a costume party.

  23. @v@ says – reply to this


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    Yet the Wayans can do a feature film called White Chicks and no one bats an eye?
    DOUBLE STANDARD!



  24. 24

    Re: Jumperchu – …ummm… you are AREN'T being sincere?



  25. 25

    Then I guess I just really am that ignorant also. I fail to see how this differs in any way from any other costume. If I have brown hair and I want to dress up as Suzanne Sommers' character from Three's Company, I'd put on a blonde wig. If I were male and wanted to dress up as Katy Perry for halloween, I'd put on make up and some boobies. If I'm white and am going to dress as a black character, what's the difference in the face paint? Isn't halloween about taking on a different character?!

    If equality is what is wanted, then it needs to be across the board. Pulling the racist card at any given chance just makes something innocent (Huxtable halloween costumes) into a huge deal when it should not be.

    I'm gonna go around and be all butt-hurt about all the guys who dressed up as women this halloween and claim they're all sexist and ignorant for dressing like that.



  26. 26

    I don't know if it's because I'm Canadian or what but I am quite confused here. I've seen people colour their whole body black at Halloween to portray basketball/football players or celebrities and no one here has ever taken offense. I'm just wondering if there is more to the story because mimicking is the highest form of flattery. Its a compliment. Can someone please tell me is it actually considered offensive there and if so why?

  27. MJB12 says – reply to this


    27

    No one would care if a black person wore whiteface. Getting mad at the girls for wearing blackface to dress up as the Cosby's is basically saying that they're not allowed to dress up as the Cosby's at all.



  28. 28

    Re: raypearson – For the last time, your argument has no merit. Pedophilia is completely different from homosexuality. If you can't tell the difference between an attraction to gender and an attraction to age then YOU'RE the one we need to be worrying about!! I don't expect you to respond to this, since you never respond to any of the numerous posts denouncing the false information you spread on this site. I don't blame you either, as if I was in your position, I wouldn't want to/ be able to defend your ludicrous opinions either. I'm surprised you're willing to bring up the subject of pedophilia at all, since we both know that's a much bigger issue for heterosexuals than homosexuals. Learn the difference between age and gender, because it sounds like you might be in big trouble if you don't.



  29. 29

    People get angry when someone shows up to a costume party with a painted face to depict a different race. Yet, you always see people going to costume parties, wearing a headdress, or a Pocahontas looking dress, and calling themselves "indians" and no one seems to care. A costume is a costume, and I am pretty sure they weren't doing it to be racist. So whats the big deal?



  30. 30

    I go to Ole Miss (University of Mississippi) and this would be nothing out of the normal. Phi Mu is a really strong sorority in the south the council must be furious.I don't see a problem with it though since it is a costume party and at least they weren't dressed up as slaves or the kkk.



  31. 31

    So this is wrong, but Pamela Anderson playing the Virgin Mary is 'HIGHLarious!!!" Perez, the only reason people take these sorts of incidents as ones of offence and racism is because people like you play them up to be. Do you have any idea how un-offended the majority of blacks will be by this? They're not even bothered. If it was a 'let's dress up as blacks because blacks suck' thing then yeah it would have been a problem. But in retrospect it REALLY isn't.

  32. Beaux says – reply to this


    32

    I am a Phi Mu alumni. And I don't understand. The Cosbys. Love them. Why is that wrong? With all that is wrong in the world. Why is playing a up a family with values, regardless of race wrong? Who cares what race we are to promote this? I would gladly wear any face!



  33. 33

    Re: rocknroll60 – It's only offensive to people who permanently have a stick or some other inanimate object stuck up their ass.



  34. 34

    Blackface is a form of theatrical makeup used in minstrel shows, and later vaudeville, in which performers create a stereotyped caricature of a black person. Better learn your definitions before you start classifying one thing as another.



  35. 35

    It's not like they dressed up as black slaves or some racist stereotypical black ganster, they dressed as the Huxtables. It's seriously not a big deal at all. There's costumes of the Mexicans with the sombraro and poncho or the stupid native american costumes and nobody is saying anything about those. People need to stop getting butt hurt about every little thing.



  36. 36

    I'm not at all racist and it confuses me why people find it racist to paint yourself black? Isn't imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Usually when I dress up it's as someone I like and want to be for the night so isn't a compliment really? Surely if you were racist you wouldn't want to dress black at all? It reminds me of when ted danson and whoopi gold berg were dating and he painted his face black cause everyone made a huge deal about their interracial relationship and everyone wad upset surely he's not racist since he's dating a black woman?



  37. 37

    Hahaha there's this thing called reverse racism…i feel as if this demonstrates this concept perfectly! Why is it that black people are so quick to pull the race card … hmm maybe cause their the racist! I mean someone try to argue against me! The attempt would entertain me…these girls were at a 80's themed party! Calm down! Its not that they meant anything racist about … I just find it quite contradicting that blacks can be offended by black face, but think the story line of white chicks is hilarious …



  38. 38

    Re: thisisstooopid – haha. there is no such thing as reverse racism. its people like you who are making this stereotype continue. the stereotype that only whites are racist towards blacks and that if its the other way round it must be a reverse. racism is discriminating ANYONE for there race. its not just whites discriminating blacks for being black. in fact in our society today people are more racist towards caucasians than blacks because of this stereotype. there is a stigma attached with racism and im sorry but black people can be racist towards white people as well and its very common. its not "reverse racism" its just plain racism.



  39. 39

    Did Bill Cosby give you an exclusive interview?



  40. 40

    There's nothing wrong with it. If I wanted to go as a man, I'd wear a mustache and likely stuff my trousers. Is that sexist? What about a man going as a cheerleader? Or is it ageist to dress as an older person with a white wig? I'll bet their costumes looked fantastic. It's childish and regressive to think we should all be the same– celebrate differences!



  41. 41

    but the movie White Chicks was totally not the same thing, right?



  42. 42

    When children and adults dress up as witches with warts, green faces and pointy hats, nobody bats an eye. Nobody "pulls them aside" to tell them about "cultural awareness or competency," nor do they tell them the "historical implication" of costuming as a witch.
    In fact, they usually laugh. Or tell the kids that "witches" are scary.
    (A lesson in context.)



  43. 43

    WHY all thsi fuzz about that???? Seriously? People need to stop being offended by every single shit people say or do!!!! You know who should feel offended, all these strippers and hookers in this world, cos most of these young girls nowadays use Halloween as an excuse to dress like a slut. OMG. Get over yourself. They didn't hurt anyone, so what is the problem???



  44. 44

    Re: rocknroll60 – I live in Europe, and we don't have a problem with that either… and I find it a good point that the Wayan Brothers "turned white" in their movie… see, if people would STOP looking at everything Black/White and makinga big deal out of everything, this world would be a better place.



  45. 45

    Only a select few prejudiced black people would see this as racist. Mainstream America wouldn't think twice about it……



  46. 46

    And yet, if black people painted their faces to dress up as white people, it would be considered "funny".



  47. 47

    wow i got censored…. this site sucks and Perez sucks!!!!



  48. 48

    Being placed on probation by a national greek organization is a lot more serious than just missing a formal. If Phi Mu has a national policy anything like my organization's, these girls will be feeling the effects of their actions for a long time to come. National probation often strips you of the right to call yourself a member of an organization and does not allow you to become a member of any alumnae groups. I this doesn't sound very harsh, but with the amount of time and energy spent on building your leadership skills or chapter credibility, this punishment can be a huge blow to a persons resume or future networking abilities.



  49. 49

    People still don't seem to understand what "black face" is. It isn't about painting your skin BROWN for a costume. Black face was popular back in vaudeville days to mock African Americans. They weren't trying to portray African Americans because they were fans of an actor or show, like so many do for Halloween now; they were doing it to insult the African American community. They painted their faces BLACK and would use the stereotypes placed on African Americans to get laughs, which is offensive. Dressing up like a character, actor or musician now because you are a fan, such as the Hockey player who dressed up as Jay Z, shouldn't be considered offensive because it isn't done with any ill intentions. However, Dwyane Wade dressed up as Justin Timberlake, literally painted himself white and no one was offended? I don't understand that. Had he used beige or an actually Caucasian skin color I would have no issue with it. Why is there a double standard? It really comes down to each person and whether they can take it as a costume or only see it as an insult. Overall I am not offended by anyone dressing up as Black, White, Hispanic, Asian (don't even think of trying to tape your eyes though!) or whatever other culture/race you want to portray in a positive way.



  50. 50

    I'm confused, did they make a malicious parody or were they girls who painted their faces black instead of buying a mask when they re enacted a skit from the Cosby show? Why is it that racism is only seen as a one way street? No one should make fun of anyone regardless of race, age or orientation.



  51. 51

    As a black person, I don't think those girls dressed up as them to mean any ill-will. They weren't dressing up as gangbangers or any sterotype. I think people are to uptight about this. Whoopi took up for the girls on the view and said she got flack for dressing up as the Queen of England. Of coruse, Sherri dumbass was oh so offended and made it more then what it was



  52. 52

    wait wait wait. the wayans bros can make a movie and make millions dressed up as two white girls… but these chicks cant dress up like the cosby family for halloween without getting suspended? what the shit…



  53. 53

    So if it's wrong to go in black face, wasn't it wrong when Ted Dansen did it? There seems tp be a double standard. If it's done in the south it's racist but if it's done in Hollywood it's ok.



  54. 54

    Re: Jumperchu – You are the racist asshole!!! There are racists all over the world not just in Mississippi. Need I remind you that Mississippi had the first college that allowed both blacks and whites to attend! This world really needs to learn that we were all created by God and not one race is better than any other!



  55. 55

    Re: Wikipedia13 – You're the most emotional one here. Look, we get it. Perez stood you up in WeHo one day. Get over it.

  56. @v@ says – reply to this


    56

    Re: misscheriamor – Freedom means moving past these historical stereotypes, imo. The sad thing is they probably grew up as kids watching and admiring The Huxtables and so wanted to dress up as them.

  57. @v@ says – reply to this


    57

    White Chicks was absolutely poking critical fun at white chicks, but everyone loved it. Maybe it's time to move on?



  58. 58

    Obviously you don't realize how important formal is to a Southern sorority girl.



  59. 59

    Are you people serious? You don't understand why this is wrong?? Have you not heard of minstrel performers of the 1800's who went around portraying "blacky" and "coons" with the oversized big lips and extra dark skin??? This went on for years with black people being the butt of jokes in these stage performances. This is ALL kinds of wrong!! PLEASE look up blackface on Wikipedia and get educated.



  60. 60

    Those girls didn't mean any harm. They probably didn't know what they were doing.



  61. 61

    This dressing up for Halloween as some celebrity that happens to be of another of another race is NOT "wearing black face". Stop being such an ignorant fucking asshat.



  62. 62

    You obviously do not understand the lack of respect it takes to publicly call out a certain sorority for one chapter's issues. This story would have been just as interesting and informative without the letters of the chapter. You normally reveal information about one person, in this case you are unfairly generalizing. Now every college will think their chapter of this house is like that, and that is grossly inappropriate. As a journalism major, I'm in the process right now of learning that you should only report on things that are relevant to the story, and the greek letters should hardly have been in the post at all, let alone the TITLE. And while I am greek, I am not Phi Mu, but I know the chapter of Phi Mu's at my college have nothing to do with this story and I would appreciate it if you took this down.



  63. 63

    I love how this is newsworthy when people do this all the time. These girls chose to dress up as 80s characters that changed the face of African Americans on television and in mainstream media…in a positive way. They are white, you can't dress up like Claire Huxtable and not don a wig and a little makeup.

    NOT TO MENTION…NOBODY HAS MENTIONED ONE SINGLE WORD THAT THIS IS THE ONLY WHITE SORORITY AT USM TO EVER PLEDGE AN AFRICAN AMERICAN. Let's talk about that…



  64. 64

    Usually when people dress up as a person, they dress as someone they want to be, respect, think is sexy, or scary. So, if I dressed up as an anime character and used the same facial characteristics they use, would I be criticized? Or people freakin' wear Obama Masks who are white, and vice versa. Is it wrong? NO! People seem to always find something to gripe about. I bet you anything that there was someone who did not like one of the girls in the group and they decided to tell someone. Maybe their father was in power, because frats, sororities, and costume party goers do this kind of stuff all the time. Who cares?!?!?!??! And also…every state has racism within it. It's funny…if someone who was black called me a "cracker", or "white boy", I would not be offended. Yet, if I called a black friend of mine "tar baby" or "Black Girl", there would probably be some serious consequences to face. Also, who nowadays in Generation Y has EVER been put into slavery? Not one :)



  65. 65

    Re: ahardcandyshell – Bitch this isn't the 1800's anymore. Get the fuck over it.



  66. 66

    so in the movie White Chicks those African- American guys weren't doing anything wrong? I do not see where there is anything wrong in what the girls did. How can you be mad when they dress like a very inspirational African- American family. If i was black I would be honored someone dressed up as the Huxtables. Just saying