Subiaco players criticised for ‘blackface’ celebrations

It’s been a week of accolades for the Subiaco Football Club but the 2014 WAFL premiers are now facing criticism after players were photographed in “blackface” during Mad Monday finals celebrations.
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Twitter user Mark Reed said he spotted the photograph in a newspaper and later shared the picture on his account.

Mr Reed understood that two players in the photograph were dressed as tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams. Others were dressed as women, pirates and superheroes. Subiaco #wafl players @ Mad Monday. Note “The Williams Sisters”. Because there hasn’t be enough said about blackface pic.twitter南京夜网/F4oW14vj1c — Mark_ebooks (@markreedwa) September 23, 2014Hey Hey It’s Saturdaysparked an international outcry when a Red Faces skit was aired in which white men impersonated the Jackson Five wearing black wigs and face paint. A man, who said he was of Indian heritage, wore white face paint to impersonate the late Michael Jackson.

The Subiaco Football Club declined to comment on the issue, while a WAFL spokesperson said the organisation “supports Subiaco celebrating a fantastic premiership win but does not condone any actions that would cause offence”.

The league indicated it would raise the matter with the club and urged all players participating in end-of-season celebrations “to be responsible and respectful”. Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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