Did Hockey Player’s Halloween Costume Cross The Line?

(WSCR) Can a line be crossed with a Halloween costume?

On Sunday night, Phoenix Coyotes winger Raffi Torres showed up to the team’s annual Halloween party covered in blackface — a makeup from 19th and early 20th century theater applied to make one appear African American.

Torres was supposed to be his favorite rapper, Jay-Z, with his wife dressed as Beyonce.

Torres’ decision to use blackface for comedic effect was immediately met with criticism, but the Coyotes were quick to defend their player’s costume, issuing this statement:

“There was absolutely nothing racist about Raffi and his wife’s costumes. Raffi is a huge fan of Jay Z and his wife loves Beyonce. It was a Halloween party. The fact that this was reported is ridiculous. We will have no further comment.”

Here’s Torres dressed as Jay-Z, taken from teammate Paul Bissonnette’s Twitter account.

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  • tom Sharp

    Morons stay up nights just looking for a chance to scream racism. What a bunch of losers!

  • Manny

    LOL I can’t believe this was made a big deal. What is wrong with this exactly? Why is it bad for a black guy to portray a white guy, or vice-versa for one day, where one can dress up? How is it ‘racist’ to dress exactly how one looks? geez

  • Doug Odom

    Remember when news programing was 1/2 hour of local news followed by 1/2 hour of national news with another 1/2 of local news at 1000pm. Back then this wouldn’t even be news. Of course you could probably say that about 99% of the rest of what supposedly gets passed off as news hourly, over and over and over and over and over………….

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