In which case, why was the film “Team America” not banned or called racist? What about the film “Tropic Thunder” where an actor “blacked up” for his role? If a theatre company wanted to explore issues of race and had Othello played by a white actor, and had all the other actors as black — would that be racist? When non-Asian actors put on an Asian accent (as in many sketch shows) why are they not stopped, and called racist?
showing or feeling discrimination or prejudice against people of other races, or believing that a particular race is superior to another.”
This is but one definition of “racist”. How were these four men, who were doing nothing more than joining in with a parade and mimicking a popular film in order to share that fun with everyone — and it was for everyone without discrimination — supposed to fit that definition and be called racist?
They had no intention to offend, showed no meaning of ill will, nor prejudice of superiority.
I seriously wonder why individual people as always choose to take personal offence at something — because they believe they have a right to their opinion — but then, like you, decide that for some reason you personal opinion should automatically be accepted as universal. Even when, under the definition of the term “racist”, either as a noun or as an adjective, clearly does not apply.
Perhaps, therefore, we should cancelling all St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the future, since so many Irish AND non-Irish people choose to wear comedy green hats with orange hair.