Two OC Idiots Used Blackface to Dress Up Like Trayvon Martin and Tupac For Halloween

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Schwartz, second from left...as if you needed that information
It's not every day you stumble across racially offensive blog fodder in your inbox...unless you work at the Weekly. Then, of course, it's most days. As if that little UCI scandal last spring didn't remind us that racist tropes of the Jim Crow era are still in vogue around here, we bring you...OC Blackface: Halloween Edition! This week's offenders: the front man of a local hardcore band and some social media guru who loves West Coast hip-hop a bit much.

The first guy (shown above) is Media Blitz singer Jason Schwartz. He was tracked down on Facebook by a tipster who brought us this photo of him dressed as Trayvon Martin for a Halloween costume party, Skittles and Arizona Iced Tea and all. We've written about Schwartz and his band several times over on the music section. Despite this boob's reputation as someone who will do just about anything to get a laugh or a reaction out of people, he promptly took down the photos of him and his friends, who also didn't seem to mind posing with him. Guess mocking a murdered black teenager really wasn't as funny the morning after, huh?

We were able to reach Schwartz by phone after receiving the photo and he was immediately apologetic and told us he's already receiving loads of rightful backlash from OC's hardcore punk scene. A statement from Schwartz below:

I have never felt worse in my life. It was never my intention to hurt peoples feelings. I have always had a morbid sense of humor and I think that it is from trying to cope with the horrors of the world. I am Jewish and even have made light of something as dark as the Holocaust in order to come to an understanding of it. I have never intentionally done anything to hurt peoples feelings and I am not going to start now. I have black cousins and friends. They mean the world to me. I am not a person of hate. I don't mean to hurt anyone and I hope people can forgive me.

He even promised to talk publicly to various DIY hardcore communities in the area and apologize for his little costume. Hmm, if only that kind of racial sensitivity had come a few days sooner.

And now, behold Tupac!

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YLgngsta.u.no.who.im
YLgngsta.u.no.who.im

I KNOW HIM HE IS RACIST. He has always been negative towards rappers and rap music, specifically lil wayne, whom he holds a fetish like hate for.  Most people dont like this guy.

mandyratt
mandyratt

My husband and I both know Jason and he is the farthest thing from "racist". People are just too sensitive about these type of things. Its HALLOWEEN. You don't see Hispanic communities cry out because someone dressed up as a Mexican day laborer. You don't see Christian-based communities lose their shit when someone dresses up as Jesus. The Jewish community doesn't freak out when someone decides to dress up as an Orthodox Jew. Get off this "everyone hates the Black man" pedestal. It's 2013. That crutch is long gone. We are all equal and we are all very aware of it. Jason and that other guy didn't wake up thinking "I'm going to dress up as "so and so" to piss people off." Its a costume. Plain and simple. This is the dumbest article I have ever read. It was written out of pure hate and wasn't written with much thought. He apologized for offending anyone by his COSTUME. 

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

self hating racist whity tries to prove how non racist they are as they help to destroy the black community

bushonya
bushonya

I think it's funny and I approve.  Especially since white proggies are shitting their skinny jeans over it.

someguy
someguy

since when do we expect the singer of a punk band to act responsibly? 

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

Yeah, OK, Fred, I'll get right on that. Thanks for playing.

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

Hey, Jason, let us all know exactly WHICH times racism is OK, and exactly which times it is not OK, would you, please? Please leave a detailed list.

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

Not in the slightest, Fred. Nice try, though.

Paul L. Munoz
Paul L. Munoz

I know that it's just the occasion, but to portray someone as a victim of circumstance(s) for fun "paints" the wrong message (no pun intended) by hurting the loved ones who are still grieving their losing a child.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

Funny, when one wants to be treated a certain way ( thug for life or whatever) and you treat them that way


then the racists attack YOU for treating them the way they want to be treated


thats why they get no respect

Juan Carlos
Juan Carlos

hope they get shot and raped ! motherfuckers !!!

barrettrojas
barrettrojas

apologetic and told us he's already receiving loads of rightful bLacklash from OC's hardcore punk scene.

Fred Stoces
Fred Stoces

i bet you are religious too huh joe? divorced, shitty job, alcoholic? did i just hit that nail on the head?

Fred Stoces
Fred Stoces

Joe you better cool down. who the fuck pissed in your wheaties?

James Crowley
James Crowley

LOL at white supremicist. You cray cray. Get over it blacks, noone cares about your feelings. Stop acting like a victim all the time and do something with your lives besides trying to be rappers.

Jason Gutierrez
Jason Gutierrez

Whoa whoa whoa... I never dropped any N bombs. But you might be obligated to drop a nigguh here or there if your going as Tupac

Fred Stoces
Fred Stoces

Wow ^ Joe go take your bed time pills, any senior care centers missing someone?

Fred Stoces
Fred Stoces

Haha woooow Joe.. you feel like a big boy? got your big boy pants on? Just because you hate your life doesn't mean you take it out on me. and who is the adult and the kid here?? Fuck off grandpa, go break your hip falling down some stairs

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

How about calling you and your entire family a bunch of greasy wetbacks, Jason, is that OK sometimes?

Tina Woodall
Tina Woodall

white folks as well as others shuck & jive so , your comment is just as racist as the blackface .

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

Fred, you're a fucking retard. Sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up and leave the talking to the adults who have working brains.

Tina Woodall
Tina Woodall

Do you live in OC ? Have you ever lived there ?

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

Hey, Tom, if you have the balls to actually do it, I would strongly suggest you blacken your face up and then walk into an African American neighborhood, and then pull that "it's not blackface unless you shuck and jive" line of horseshit, and, you know, see if that actually flies.

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

Tom, you can be as offensive as you can, but don't cry foul when somebody calls you on your bullshit and beats you to a pulp for being an offensive asshole. After all, freedom of speech, remember?

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

Tell you what, Tom, I'll toughen the fuck up on your face. How about that?

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

Shanna, nobody is saying that "everyone is a racist," but when clearly racist behavior occurs, to act naive and pretend that it's not racist, and to get defensive and start making excuses for unacceptable behavior is, at the end of the day, defending white supremacy, which is what you're doing right now.

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

Way to represent the hometown, fucking assholes. Shit like this makes me fucking ashamed to be from OC. Would somebody please find these two cunts and beat the living shit out of them? Thanks in advance.

John Goodlad
John Goodlad

Reminds some of Ted Danson and Whoopi Goldberg..

xhagfishx
xhagfishx

"That's not black face, black face was something they did in the minstrel era to make fun of an entire race of people." - Bill Maher

Above was a quote from Bill Maher's appearance on CNN last night in reference to Julianne Hough.  Perhaps the writer of this article should do a little research about an era that was about hate.  The photos posted are just about a couple of drunkin fools celebrating a holiday where Americans dress as the deceased. 


Shanna Nana Garcia
Shanna Nana Garcia

I'm not even "white" I'm hispanic and when someone dresses up like a hispanic sombero wearing tequila shooting as a costume I'm not offended by it. I have an open mind and know not everything is portrayed in a racist manner. I think the day of the dead is sacred but yet it is highly publicized as a trend or think a white, black, asian person portraying it or buying into isn't the least bit offended by it. Stop being sensitive to everything it's 2013 and not everyone is a racist!

Anthony Thomas
Anthony Thomas

Every Time OC Weekly shines a light on OC All White Douchebaggery, all the OC White Douche Bags come out and defend the behavior, its classic. Then you'll tell me every White women I have dated in OC is low class, uneducated woman. Or that your unsafe walking around in a Black area. Holy Hell, it just doesn't stop. Own it OC, Own, its Lilly White Land at its best, I am surprised you don't stare at my boy Law Jackson and his Ukrainian wife Alyona who live near Disneyland. Tisk, Tisk, Tisk. Black Face is poor taste and you as White people really shouldn't do it. But then again there's plenty of things White people shouldn't do but do it anyway....

Anthony Thomas
Anthony Thomas

Uh no that isn't it, White People, better yet White Supremacy allow you to say "Its not a big deal". You might not think its a big deal, but given this countries legacy IT IS A BIG DEAL, just don't do it.

Kevin J Cruz
Kevin J Cruz

No one can be as beautiful in make-up as Julianne Hough.

Nate
Nate

@skatepunk22 Obviously you're the one who's ashamed of yourself, otherwise you wouldn't have stripped down this exact same rant off of your Unit B Facebook page, Mark, er, skatepunk22...get off the stage.

skatepunk22
skatepunk22

@Juan Carlos You've just proven yourself to be an idiot. You think that guy should be shot and raped for wearing a costume, but you're against the shooting of an innocent man? Hmmm.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

@xhagfishx 


of course you/ maher, are correct


but then the "we are victims , hear that cash register roar,


or


well, now I have a right to do you harm b/c you are making fun of me my race etc


would have to find the courage it takes to live life



scambs04
scambs04

@Shanna Nana Garcia :: You are an idiot.  Black face has a racist history.  End of story.  By you bringing your Hispanic heritage into this, proves that not only do you have no idea what you're talking about but you have clearly done NOTHING to understand the situation.  Making blanket statements on how all minorities should feel, does absolutely nothing to further this country along.  I'll check back with you in a few decades and see how you feel when the blatant racism against your race today is just "old news."

mandyratt
mandyratt

I forgot we live on a one way street. Have you forgotten about the movie "White Chicks?"

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