Neil Mitchell and Peter Ford defend Alice Kunek over controversial ‘black face’ costume
Support is growing for a Melbourne basketballer who was savaged on social media by her Australian teammate Liz Cambage over a fancy dress costume.
Alice Kunek has come under fire for painting her face black when she dressed as rapper Kayne West for her side’s ‘Silly Sunday’ celebrations.
Cambage saw a photo of Kunek’s costume and said she was disgusted.
A social media storm followed.
Neil Mitchell said those screaming outrage needed to settle down.
‘It wasn’t a generic black face – she was pretending to be Kanye West,’ the 3AW Mornings host said.
‘If she was pretending to be me, she’d stack on weight and grey hair and a grey beard.
‘She was dressed as a character.’
Click PLAY below to hear Neil Mitchell’s take on the issue
Entertainment guru Peter Ford said he didn’t think Kunek did anything wrong.
‘She was portraying a person, a person who is black and she isn’t,’ Ford explained on 3AW Breakfast
‘I would have told her not to do it, because you’ll get yourself in trouble because we do live in world now where everybody seems to want to be outraged all the time.’
Ford said context was everything.
‘Even though her colleague (Cambage), who has a Nigerian father, is offended ? It doesn’t make it wrong,’ he told Ross and John.
‘I don’t think the girl has done anything wrong. Perhaps ill-advised.’
Click PLAY below to hear Peter Ford on 3AW Breakfast