• LNP Candidate, Kerri Anne-Dooley says her Instagram photo (which has since been deleted) was at an Australian-themed housewarming (Instagram / @kerri-Anne Dooley)Source: Instagram / @kerri-Anne Dooley
Queensland Labor Minister, Leeanne Enoch has called for the disendorsement of Redcliffe LNP candidate Kerri-Anne Dooley, after she posted an Instagram photo with a man wearing blackface.
By
Ella Archibald-Binge

9 Oct 2017 - 5:20 PM  UPDATED 9 Oct 2017 - 5:21 PM

Queensland LNP candidate, Ms Dooley has apologised and removed an Instagram post, which pictured her with a man dressed as the late M Yunupingu, lead singer of Yothu Yindi.

Ms Enoch, a proud Quandamooka woman originally from North Stradbroke Island, said the post reflected the LNP candidate's "backward and disrespectful thinking".

“Blackface is recognised the world over as offensive," Ms Enoch said in a statement.

"You would had to have been living under a rock, or in the 1950s, if you didn’t know that.

“Secondly, for someone running for Parliament in the 21st Century to think that promoting that kind of behaviour, and in doing so referencing an incredibly respected man who is deceased, speaks to the character of this person."

Ms Dooley says the photo was taken at an Australian-themed house-warming party, where guests dressed up as prominent Australians. 

"The party was a great celebration of Australian life and culture," she posted to Facebook.

"One person was a fan of the band Yothu Yindi and lead singer, the late [M Yunupingu]. I posted a photo of us together on my Instagram feed.

"On reflection it was a mistake to post this photo and unprompted, I deleted it. I apologise for any offence that this may have caused."

Blackface began as a popular movement that ridiculed and lampooned African Americans leading up to the American Civil War. Similar practices took place in Australia, often used to perpetuate damaging stereotypes about Indigenous people. 

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