Magda Szubanski is slammed online after a photo resurfaces of her doing ‘blackface’


Magda Szubanski has come under fire after a photo resurfaced online of her doing blackface in the early days of her career.

The comedian, 62, was called out on Twitter on Thursday after she weighed in on comments made by Gina Rinehart’s late father Lang Hancock, following Hancock Prospecting, run by Rinehart, withdrawing its multimillion-dollar sponsorship for the Australian Diamonds netball team. 

‘Lang Hancock went way beyond plain racism he suggested STERILIZING a race of people. So it’s not virtue signalling – it’s survival! Imagine being asked to wear his name on your back just so you can get funding for your sport.’

Magda Szubanski (pictued) has been slammed online after a photo resurfaced of her doing ‘blackface’ in a comedy sketch

One Twitter user took umbrage with Magda’s comment, sharing a photo of the star painted in blackface for comedic effect. 

In the image, Magda is seen wearing a pink tunic and an afro wig adorned with hair clips. 

Magda appeared on Fast Forward between 1989 and 1992 and Full Frontal in 1993. 

Blackface is traditionally used to mock, objectify and ridicule African American people and caricature dark-skinned people in an unfavourable way. 

Magda then re-shared the photo, writing: ‘I’ve spent the 25 years since then listening and learning. And apologizing (sic).’ 

The comedian, 62, was called out on Twitter on Thursday after she weighed in on comments made by Gina Rinehart's late father Lang Hancock, following Hancock Prospecting, run by Rinehart, withdrawing its multimillion-dollar sponsorship for the Australian Diamonds netball team

The comedian, 62, was called out on Twitter on Thursday after she weighed in on comments made by Gina Rinehart’s late father Lang Hancock, following Hancock Prospecting, run by Rinehart, withdrawing its multimillion-dollar sponsorship for the Australian Diamonds netball team 

One Twitter user took umbrage with Magda's comment, sharing a photo of the Kath & Kim star painted in blackface for comedic effect. In the image, Magda is seen wearing a pink tunic and an afro wig adorned with hair clips

One Twitter user took umbrage with Magda’s comment, sharing a photo of the Kath & Kim star painted in blackface for comedic effect. In the image, Magda is seen wearing a pink tunic and an afro wig adorned with hair clips

Twitter users were quick to label Magda a 'hypocrite'

Twitter users were quick to label Magda a ‘hypocrite’

Twitter users were quick to label Magda a ‘hypocrite’.

‘Magda the hypocrite,’ one person wrote. 

‘Magda you might need to sit this one out,’ wrote another. 

‘But I think you are failing to recognise that Gina didn’t make those comments, you personally wore blackface,’ wrote a third, before one more added: ‘Not a good look’ 

However, other fans defended her comments and forthcoming apology. 

Other fans stood by the comedian saying: 'The world is a different place'

Other fans stood by the comedian saying: ‘The world is a different place’ 

‘Those people attacking you all the time must be pretty tired from being perfect,’ one fan wrote. 

‘The world was a different place. People are far more aware now,’ another added.

‘The world has changed, we have all learnt more since then. Glass houses people, no one lives a perfect existence without anything cringeworthy in your past,’ wrote another.  

This isn't the first time Magda has addressed the controversial photo, telling Sydney CityTalks in 2019: 'I have been challenged by alt-right trolls who brought up pictures of me doing blackface 25 years ago. Although they're alt-right trolls, that doesn't mean they're wrong,' she told the panel

This isn’t the first time Magda has addressed the controversial photo, telling Sydney CityTalks in 2019: ‘I have been challenged by alt-right trolls who brought up pictures of me doing blackface 25 years ago. Although they’re alt-right trolls, that doesn’t mean they’re wrong,’ she told the panel

This isn’t the first time Magda has been forced to apologise for her blackface past. 

During Sydney’s CityTalks in 2019, Magda said: ‘Recently, I have been challenged by alt-right trolls who brought up pictures of me doing blackface 25 years ago.

‘Although they’re alt-right trolls, that doesn’t mean they’re wrong,’ she told the panel. 

‘It doesn’t mean I don’t agree with their comments. I’ve had to go through a process, as someone who talks about diversity, and I’m also part of that problem. What do we do with people like me?’

She later told The HuffPost Australia in 2019: ‘We didn’t know, and that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook.’

‘You can’t just stop doing it because it’s ‘politically incorrect’ to do it. You have to walk in the other person’s shoes and imagine how they’d feel.’

‘It’s making that empathy leap. We’re all on a learning journey.’ 

She later told The HuffPost Australia in 2019: 'We didn't know, and that doesn't mean you're off the hook.' 'You can't just stop doing it because it's 'politically incorrect' to do it. You have to walk in the other person's shoes and imagine how they'd feel'

She later told The HuffPost Australia in 2019: ‘We didn’t know, and that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook.’ ‘You can’t just stop doing it because it’s ‘politically incorrect’ to do it. You have to walk in the other person’s shoes and imagine how they’d feel’

It comes after the Diamonds national netball team expressed concerns over offensive comments made by Lang Hancock.

In a 1984 television interview, Mr Hancock made a shocking statement about Indigenous Australians.

‘The ones that are no good to themselves and can’t accept things, the half-castes -and this is where most of the trouble comes,’ Mr Hancock said in the documentary film Couldn’t Be Fairer.

‘I would dope the water up so that they were sterile and would breed themselves out in future and that would solve the problem.’

Mr Hancock died in 1992 at the age of 82, and said Indigenous Australians who had been ‘assimilated’ should be left alone.

‘Those that have been assimilated into, you know, earning good living or earning wages amongst the civilised areas,’ he said. 

‘Those that have been accepted into society and they have accepted society and can handle society, I’d leave them well alone.’

Gina Rinehart (right) is pictured with her father Lang Hancock, who started the company Hancock Prospecting. His comments from an 1984 interview have angered members of the Diamonds team

Gina Rinehart (right) is pictured with her father Lang Hancock, who started the company Hancock Prospecting. His comments from an 1984 interview have angered members of the Diamonds team

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