Blackface: probably still not the best idea for a Halloween costume.
Last night, student groups from three colleges at the University of Toronto—St. Michael’s College Student Union (SMCSU), the Victoria University Student Administrative Council (VUSAC), and the University College Literary and Athletic Society (UCLit, ahem)—teamed up to host “Nightmare on Peter St.,” a Halloween party at Mansion & Loft. This afternoon, an event organizer sent out a message to the more than three thousand invitees on Facebook (all those on the “Confirmed Guests,” “Maybe Attending,” and “Awaiting Reply” lists), calling the evening “one amazing night of all night dancing, coed washroom sex and drunken debauchery of over 1500 people!”
Of those attendees, though, only a distinct few got the honour of being named “Costumes of the night,” and the very first ones on the winners’ list are the four white guys in blackface (and one black guy in whiteface [?]) dressed as “the Jamaican Bob Sled [sic] team,” pictured above. Yes, they did. Hey, we thought Cool Runnings was a pretty funny movie, too, and we know Halloween is the time of year where you get to deviate a bit from what’s socially acceptable, but also it’s blackface.
Anyway, congratulations to the boys on their win; according to the message sent out earlier today, they all get “free admission to the next SMCSU party!!” Hope it was worth it.