Now feels like a good time to tell a story about Blackface in film. A costume designer I worked with told me about a film she did about 10 years ago that had a black female lead who did a stunt in the film that required a stunt double. For whatever fucking reason, the producers couldn't/chose not to hire a black woman as the stunt double but instead hired a white man who had to wear black makeup and a wig. They shot his stunt scenes on days when the lead wasn't there so she wouldn't find out.
Whenever I think of blackface, I think of old Hollywood movies where it was an actual serious movie but they stuck a white person into a minority role.
The most obvious to me was John Wayne playing Genghis Khan. I watched that movie with my uncle when I was a kid and was like this motherfucker is not Asian. Margaret Cho had a routine like that with John Carradine in Kung Fu.
Are there any foreign movies where they put whiteface on an actor of color? There is only one that I can think of, and that is an incredibly awkward scene from a South African film called Wah Wah.