Opals star Alice Kunek is receiving a lot of criticism from her teammate Liz Cambage and pretty much the rest of the internet world after painting her face black for the Melbourne Boomers’ ‘Silly Sunday’ celebrations. She uploaded a photo of herself dressed up as Kanye West alongside Tess Madgen (Boomers) on Instagram.
I’m am so shocked and disturbed to see this behavior from someone I’m meant to call a “teammate” pic.twitter.com/Rz9Hp33oCs
— Elizabeth Cambage (@ecambage) February 21, 2016
Cambage was quick to upload the image and call out her teammate for being insensitive on Twitter. She tweeted, “Blackface is disgusting, I honestly have no words.” Cambage also received a lot of backlash from haters that believe the post wasn’t racist (although many of them seem to lack any education on the history of blackface). She shared some of the rude and racist comments including one from the username @butthead4000.
Alice Kunek has re-uploaded a photo in the same dress up but without blackface with an apology for the caption. She explains that she did not think her support of Kanye would come across as racist. (Should’ve known better than to support Kanye in the first place).
I’m sorry that people would think my support of Kanye as being racist in some way. People who know me know that I don’t judge others based on the colour of their skin. One of the things I love most about basketball is that I get to play with and against women from different countries , religions & upbringings and be united as a team. I never meant to offend any team mates, fans, or people in the community.