Constance Hall received death threats over blackface post removal

Constance Hall uploaded a photo of herself crying.
Constance Hall uploaded a photo of herself crying.

Mummy blogger Constance Hall claims she has received "death threats" for removing a photo of a young boy in blackface as AFL star Nic Naitanui from her Facebook page.

On Thursday, a West Australian mother posted a photo on Hall's public Facebook account to share her "absolute QUEENING moment" of her son dressed and painted brown so he looked like Naitanui.

Queen or Queening is a term coined by Constance to describe herself and her followers. Basically, they are all Queens and should be treated as such.

The post that sparked the problem was of a young boy dressed as his AFL idol Naitanui from the West Coast Eagles for his school book parade.

The controversial photo has been shared widely on social media. Photo / Facebook
The controversial photo has been shared widely on social media. Photo / Facebook

Decked out in a wig and football uniform, the backlash started because the mother - who remains unnamed - decided to paint his skin black because he is "pastey white" and "no one would tell who he was".

The mother, who admitted she was warned off painting her son brown from other parents, decided to paint his skin anyway.

"I was a little worried about painting him. (So many politically correct extremists these days)," she wrote on the post. "He is pastey White and if I just sent him in a wig and footy gear, no one would tell who he was.

"So I grew a set of balls and painted my boy brown and he looked fanf**kingtastic."

In response to the controversy, Hall decided to remove the post - because she didn't agree with dressing a child up in Blackface.

"I can't defend it ... because it is hurtful to our indigenous brothers and sisters," she wrote after removing the post.

"I don't believe that the mum in question was behaving maliciously, I don't believe that she intended to hurt anyone.

"However I think it was an ill informed decision based on her view that there is too much political correctness in our world."

Hall, who has more than 881,000 followers on her Facebook page, went on to explain why she didn't agree with the post, and why she'd chosen to delete it.

"I don't believe that it is the place of white Australians to determine what is racist, unless you have felt racial discrimination it's very difficult to determine without the assistance of a racial minority," she said.

"I deleted the post. This is not a place for posts that can hurt people.

"But I want the Queen who shared it to know, I do not stand by any of the abuse you have received today.

"You are clearly not a racist women, your child has an amazing idol and that must be a reflection of being raised in a home with no racist intentions.

"I hope one day you can tell your beautiful little man of how his costume raised a conversation that needed to be had and how his beautiful intentions were not missed but from now on out of respect for his hero, we don't dress up in Paint Face."

But instead of appreciating Hall's decision to remove the post, the family behind the Blackface image has lashed out in a tirade of abuse - including death threats to the blogger.

The family members, who were furious that Hall hadn't thrown her support behind the mother's "Queening moment" said she was a "fake" and a "c**t".

"I'm in a hotel room bathroom crying my eyes out on the floor. They are so puffy that I can barely see through them," Hall posted on Friday.

"I'm sorry to all of the Queens that my opinion has offended.

"I didn't think I was shaming her at all, I clearly stated that I don't believe she is racist at all, she has a beautiful son with a great hero. I just don't think we should paint our kids in blackface if it offends and hurts people.

"Now I have never received so much abuse in my life. I am being called a c**t from her family, I have received death threats, I ban them and they start new accounts, they are relentless. I have been called every name under the sun, called a fake, told that I am too big for my boots over and over again."

Hall, who posted the message alongside an image of herself with tears welling up in her eyes while in a hotel, pleaded with the trolls to stop the attack.

"I thought I had my anxiety under control but I feel like I can't breathe," she said.

"I am so sorry that I have offended so many people, I never meant to. I was raised to be very culturally sensitive, taken to Aboriginal rights protests and spending my holidays in the communities with family that were teachers, that is part of who I am.

"Please stop sending me these horrible messages and writing these things on my wall, I am feeling really broken and alone right now and I don't have the strength for this."

- news.com.au

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter

SIGN UP NOW

© Copyright 2016, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production bpcf03 at 02 Oct 2016 06:40:06 Processing Time: 568ms