February 5, 2023

Magda Szubanski is under fire after a photo surfaced online of her doing blackface in the early days of her career.

The 62-year-old comedian was recalled on Twitter on Thursday after weighing in on comments from Gina Rinehart’s late father Lang Hancock, following Hancock Prospecting, run by Rinehart, which withdrew its multimillion-dollar sponsorship for Australia’s Diamonds netball team.

Lang Hancock went far beyond just racism, he proposed STERILIZING a human race. So it’s not a sign of virtue – it’s survival! Imagine being asked to wear his name on your back just to get money for your sport.”

Magda Szubanski (pictured) was slammed online after a photo surfaced of her doing ‘blackface’ in a comedy skit

A Twitter user took offense at Magda’s comment and shared a photo of the star painted in blackface for comic effect.

The image shows Magda wearing a pink tunic and an afro wig decorated with hair clips.

Magda appeared on Fast Forward between 1989 and 1992 and Full Frontal in 1993.

Blackface has traditionally been used to mock, objectify, and ridicule African-American people and to caricature dark people in an unfavorable way.

Magda then re-shared the photo, writing, “I’ve been listening and learning for 25 years since then. And apologize (sic).’

The 62-year-old comedian was recalled on Twitter on Thursday after weighing in on comments from Gina Rinehart's late father Lang Hancock, echoing Hancock Prospecting, run by Rinehart, and withdrawing its multimillion-dollar sponsorship for Australia's Diamonds netball team.

The 62-year-old comedian was recalled on Twitter on Thursday after weighing in on comments from Gina Rinehart’s late father Lang Hancock, echoing Hancock Prospecting, run by Rinehart, and withdrawing its multimillion-dollar sponsorship for Australia’s Diamonds netball team.

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Twitter users were quick to label Magda as 'hypocritical'

Twitter users were quick to label Magda as ‘hypocritical’

Twitter users were quick to call Magda a “hypocrite.”

“Magda the hypocrite,” one wrote.

“Magda, maybe you should sit this out,” wrote another.

“But I don’t think you see that Gina didn’t make those comments, you personally wore blackface,” a third wrote, before another added: “Not looking good”

However, other fans defended her comments and forthcoming apologies.

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Other fans stood by the comedian and said: 'The world is a different place'

Other fans stood by the comedian and said: ‘The world is a different place’

“Those people who attack you all the time must be pretty tired of being perfect,” wrote one fan.

“The world was a different place. People are much more aware now,” added another.

‘The world has changed, we have all learned more since then. Glass houses people, nobody lives a perfect existence without something miserable in your past,” wrote another.

This isn't the first time Magda has raised the controversial photo, telling Sydney CityTalks in 2019:

This isn’t the first time Magda has raised the controversial photo, telling Sydney CityTalks in 2019: “I’ve been challenged by alt-right trolls who came up with pictures of me doing blackface 25 years ago. Even though they’re really good trolls, that doesn’t mean they’re wrong,” she told the panel.

This isn’t the first time Magda has had to apologize for her blackface past.

Speaking at Sydney’s CityTalks in 2019, Magda said: ‘Recently I was challenged by alt-right trolls who came up with pictures of me doing blackface 25 years ago.

“While they’re really good trolls, that doesn’t mean they’re wrong,” she told the panel.

“It doesn’t mean I disagree with their comments. I’ve had to go through a process, as someone who talks about diversity, and I’m part of that problem too. What do we do with people like me?’

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She later told The HuffPost Australia in 2019: “We didn’t know, and that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook.”

“You can’t just stop doing it because it’s ‘politically incorrect’ to do it. You have to put yourself in the other person’s shoes and imagine how they would feel.’

‘It makes that empathy leap. We are all on a learning journey.’

She later told The HuffPost Australia in 2019:

She later told The HuffPost Australia in 2019: “We didn’t know, and that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook.” “You can’t just stop doing it because it’s ‘politically incorrect’ to do it. You have to walk in the other person’s shoes and imagine how they would feel’

It comes after the Diamonds national netball team expressed concern over Lang Hancock’s offensive comments.

In a 1984 television interview, Mr Hancock made a shocking statement about Indigenous Australians.

“Those who aren’t good to themselves and can’t accept things, the half-castes — and this is where most of the trouble comes in,” said Mr. Hancock in the documentary Kon’t Be Fairer.

“I would anesthetize the water so that they are sterile and would reproduce in the future and that would solve the problem.”

Hancock died in 1992 at the age of 82, saying that Indigenous Australians who had been “assimilated” should be left alone.

“Those who are assimilated to, you know, earn a good living or earn wages in the civilized areas,” he said.

“Those who have been accepted into society and they have accepted society and can handle society, I would leave them alone.”