A photo of two people, one of whom is in blackface, has been circulating online for years with the unfounded claim that it shows Bill and Hillary Clinton. The confessions of politicians who once dressed in blackface have been littering the headlines recently, which has led to a heap of phony claims on social media that Hillary Clinton was once pictured in blackface. Snopes first debunked that claim when the picture of two people, apparently at a costume party, began circulating widely online in early At that point, Snopes found the earliest use of the photo came from a Twitter account that posted it in , suggesting that it showed the Clintons without explicitly saying so. He was right. The photo has been shared thousands of times, once prompting an apology from a surrogate for Donald Trump who retweeted it during the campaign. Merica, Dan and Nobles, Ryan.
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A fake photo purported to be of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton—with Hillary in blackface— resurfaced on conservative social media in the wake of the Governor Ralph Northam controversy. But now the former first couple's daughter, Chelsea Clinton, is responding to the false claims. The story went on to be repeated by fake news and conspiracy theory blogs, including InfoWars. Clinton included a link to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture's page for educational information on the history of blackface in the United States.
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Chelsea Clinton hit back at the "rightwing internet" after it was accused of spreading a fake photo it claimed showed former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in blackface, standing beside her husband, former President Bill Clinton. Sharing a news story about the image, Chelsea Clinton said the photo looked "nothing like my parents," noting that "the woman's eyes aren't even blue. Clinton, a mother of two children, said it was up to "fellow white parents" to "teach our kids about the racist history of minstrelsy and blackface. To help, the former first daughter shared a link to a page on the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture's website discussing blackface and "birth of an American stereotype. According to the Smithsonian, which cites historian Dale Cockrell, minstrelsy was "invented" by poor and working-class whites who felt "squeezed politically, economically and socially from the top, but also from the bottom" as a way of expressing the oppression they felt as members of the majority "but outside for the white norm. Whatever its origins, the Smithsonian said that minstrelsy and any "comedic performances of 'blackness' by whites in exagerrated costumes and make-up cannot be separated fully from the racial derision and stereotyping at its core. The earliest minstrel shows were performed in the s in New York by white performers who blackened their faces with burned cork or shoe polish, according to the museum. They also wore tattered clothing in an apparent bid to mimick "enslaved Africans on Southern plantations.
During a campaign stop in South Carolina last winter, Hillary Clinton stumbled as she climbed the steps of an antebellum mansion in Charleston. Aides helped her regain her balance in a vulnerable but nondescript moment captured by Getty photographer Mark Makela. He didn't think much of it until August, when the alt-right news site Breitbart touted it as evidence of Clinton's failing health. Misappropriation and misrepresentation of images helped drive the growth of fake news. A photograph of tour buses lined up in Austin became proof that Democrats were bringing protestors to Trump rallies.