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Which Africa Are You Celebrating? Woman Causes A Stir With Her "African" Themed Party
Which Africa Are You Celebrating? Woman Causes A Stir With Her

An Australian woman caused quite a stir on social media with pictures from her “African” themed 21st party, where guests came dressed in leopard skin, blackfaces, elephant and gorilla costumes, warpaint, and Native American headdresses.

Her explanation to all this madness, ‘OH I wanted to celebrate another country’s heritage” Africa is a continent baby girl.

The story published on Buzzfeed about a young Australian woman who celebrated her 21st birthday with an “African theme” party

The girl posted the pictures proudly and flatly refused to take them down when confronted by another individual about how they were racist apparently. Pictures were reported to facebook weeks ago and they still have not been taken down

Well in her defense the young lady wrote a letter to explain her intension

Okay don’t even know how to use tumbler but wanted to clarify this.

It was my ‘African themed’ party and it was honestly made that theme because I have always wanted to go to Africa (to teach english) but haven’t made it there yet. In no way was this party intended to hurt anyones feelings or upset anyone at all. In fact as you can tell from the photos I dressed up as cleopatra, whilst MAJORITY of my guests came as animals, that can be found in africa or wore traditional african clothes or even dressed up as famous people who come from africa. If anything this was to celebrate the amazing country and people. However, some guest did decide to paint themselves, although this was in no way my intention or encouraged in the slightest. I understand that this has offended some people and I have no idea how these photos have even been seen, they were simply put on facebook for my guests to see the photos of themselves. I am 100% sure that parties would be held that would be ‘Australian themed’ or American themed or even countries of the world, and in that instance I don’t believe anyone would be offended. People wear oktoberfest cotumes to parties and no one cracks it that they are not German? So what I am saying is I do understand the people who have painted themselves have offended people, although none of them intended that…. but how can people be annoyed that the majority of the people at the party were celebrating another countries culture.

Also one of my friends who is Mauritian painted himself white, but that photos didn’t make it to this page along with the MAJORITY of people who were amazingly detailed costumes that no one could take offense to!! I am sure that not one person at my party felt upset that said guest painted himself white as it was not meant in that way at all.

Also, I have NEVER been asked to take these photos down, however if I had of course I would have done so, as I had no idea that anyone other than friends and guests could see these photos, and to be honest I am not a racist person at all so I didn’t think anyone could possibly take it that way. I intend to spend 2 months teaching english in cambodia in January, and cant wait to do the same in Africa. If you will still have me.

To reiterate, I was cleopatra and did not encourage my guest to wear anything racist simply to come as something African Inspired, much like if you went to an australia day party (Which I am 100% sure people of all races and cultures do every year!!!)

Again I am sorry for those I have offended and the photos have now been removed now that I have eventually been made aware people were upset. For those who know me at all you would know the last thing in the world I would want to do would be to offend people.

Somebody needs to tell this child thanks but no thanks she can’t come to Africa to teach English and educate her that Africa is a continent like Asia and Europe. As a budding English teacher she should know simple rules of English which are not displayed in this letter.

SMH, to her Monkey friends and their black faces. We are offended.

 





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