Cheer Star Gabi Butler Speaks Out After Blackface Photo Surfaces -- And Her Explanation Is To Blame Everyone Else!?
14.12.2022 - 01:07
Ick. Cheer star Gabi Butler has been put on blast after an old photo revealed she once (very happily) wore blackface — and her response is NOT IT.
If you don’t know, blackface is a form of theatrical makeup that was once used predominantly by non-Black people to portray a caricature of a Black person. It is deeply rooted in racism, and, unfortunately, it has a long history in our country. While it has been widely criticized in recent years, apparently not everyone realized it was so harmful…
Earlier this week, a photo of Gabi, who gained fame in Netflix’s docuseries about the Navarro College cheer squad, caught fire on social media. In the image, she sits in a car wearing all-black clothes with her face painted black, as you can see (below).
Naturally, users were both shocked and horrified at the sight (though not everyone was surprised considering the school is based in Texas, which has its own issue with racism).
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Amid the backlash, the reality star took to Twitter on Monday with a lengthy explanation — in which she managed to take absolutely NO responsibility for her actions and put the rest of the cheer team on blast in one fell swoop!
In an official statement concerning the resurfaced photograph, which was shared by an anonymous Twitter account (which she did not refer to by name in the post), Gabi wrote:
Mmkay. The 24-year-old continued:
Did you catch the ski mask comment?? Turns out there was a less racist way to comply with the instructions, she just didn’t choose it! SMH.
Instead of going on to apologize for her mistake, Gabi used the next portion of her statement to put the rest of the teammates on blast for also doing blackface as