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Cowboys Cheerleader Dresses Like Lil’ Wayne

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Some websites are calling 21-year-old Dallas Cowboys’ Cheerleader Whitney Isleib out for her decision to dress as Lil’ Wayne. They are comparing it to dressing in ‘Blackface.” What do you think? Are White People not allowed to dress up as famous Black People on Halloween?

Look at some of the other people at the same party Whitney is at and you decide if others are having fun with costumes or being insensitive.

I think her only mistake was posting the photos on FaceBook. The Dallas Cowboys just don’t want or need any controversy and she just has to be wiser. She represents the Cowboys brand even in her personal life. This is another young person making a poor choice with a social network…

It’s Halloween and I don’t have an issue with her dressing as Lil’ Wayne. She didn’t dress up as a slave or another horrible image of a Black Person. Cut Whitney some slack…

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70 responses

  1. Anonymous

    So what?!!! I am black and this is not dressing in Black Face! There is a difference! Lil’ Wayne is very popular and all races listen to his music, so if she wants to dress like Lil’ Wayne, who give a flying flipper? There are much more important issues to worry about. This was innocent fun.

    November 2, 2009 at 1:15 am

  2. Danielle

    Hahah!! as a Black person I have to say I could give to flying craps about her dressing as Lil Wayne It’s a big difference between this and black face! I think that this is one of those costumes that’s so horrible it’s funny

    November 2, 2009 at 1:51 am

  3. Anonymous

    I have no idea why everyone is going crazy about this, so as a black person would me dressing as donald trumph for halloween be offensive? IT IS HALLOWEEN, WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DRESS AS SOMEONE, OR SOMETHING WE ARE NOT!!

    November 2, 2009 at 2:04 am

  4. Danielle

    Ironically enough it’s mostly white people who have picked up
    this story and ran with it…It’s a difference between her ridiculous costume and Black Face….a big big difference…
    I would be getting pissed if she dressed as Sambo or someone
    I think it’s all about your intentions

    November 2, 2009 at 2:28 am

  5. Anonymous

    “I would be getting pissed if she dressed as Sambo or someone”

    But she is dressed as Sambo, isn’t she?

    November 2, 2009 at 2:31 am

    • Lil Wayne, Sambo … yeah I’d be careful drawing too deep distinction there. So for the record, black face is wrong, but “brown” face is okay? It’s a new trend? Any time I want to impersonate an asian american person, then, I can just pull the skin of my eyelids to the side to achieve the full effect – and it’s cool, right? Jeeze, it’s all in good fun. It’s one thing to dress as a person, it’s another to paint your skin their color and mock the shit out of them, and dance out the ugly stereotypes that attach themselves to his race. TOTALLY different from blackface, though! It’s Halloween 2009, people! Racism is dead! Have a sense of humor for god’s sake, we’s free now!

      November 2, 2009 at 4:10 am

      • TxRacismVictim

        IDK wht planet YOU live on but racism is not dead and you apparently don’t know what freedom is. I’ll bet you have never experienced either of these before… i think not. and i’m referring to such experiences in Texas in 2009!

        November 2, 2009 at 11:13 pm

      • ok Texasracismvictim, i guess my sarcasm didn’t come through in my response. i was MOCKING the “it’s just a halloween costume of her favorite artist!” defense. I do not think that “brown face” is okay; in fact, i think that her painting her face to dress up like Weezy is the 21st-century equivalent of dressing up and jiving like Sambo “for laughs”.

        i do think that her costume, the other “brown-faced” costumes at that party, and the multitude of weak defenses for them are evidence of the fact that negative racial attitudes CLEARLY continue to run deep in Texas / our country. the fact that there are black people in the pictures smiling doesn’t make a difference in my book – we’ve laughed through much worse for various reasons. i find it abrasively ignorant and just plain lazy to take the handful of black people in these pictures as tokens representing all black people being/needing to be okay with this shit.

        November 3, 2009 at 1:59 am

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for your comment. I get what you are saying. Using Halloween as an excuse to dress or behave in an insensitive or offensive way (even if that is not the intent) does not change the fact that what she and others in the pics are doing is offensive. Several comments have been made that this is a costume and she was playing the part of a real person. However as a person with brown skin, if I was to dress up as Britney Spears I would not need to paint my skin white to get my point across. Is this girl and her actions the most important thing in the world right now. No. Is she the first person to do this. No. But it is really disappointing to think that there are so many people that don’t even seem to recognize the offense in this type of behavior.

        November 3, 2009 at 4:29 am

  6. Danielle

    She is portraying a Caricature of a rapper when she put this costume on I honestly don’t think she was like yeah! I’m gonna go make fun of some Negros tonight!!!! Why is everybody up in arms about her dressing as Lil Wayne and not saying a word about the guys dressed as Mariachi’s in the back? lol

    November 2, 2009 at 5:37 am

  7. Anonymous

    Making a bigger deal out of this than really is. Find some real news.

    November 2, 2009 at 12:57 pm

  8. Anonymous

    I have to say because it was Halloween and IT IS a Halloween costume that it is perfectly ok. Personally, I believe ppl are carrying this way out of content. Stop being so sensitive, please!

    November 2, 2009 at 1:11 pm

  9. J. Ross

    This poor girl will probably get dismissed. She is the cover of the swimsuit calendar. The Dallas Cowboys organization is not into bad PR. Personally as an African American I finid this TOTOALLY ridiculous. She was dressed as a celebrity. People need to take the stick out of their bottom…THIS IS A DUMB thing to get mad about.

    November 2, 2009 at 1:24 pm

  10. WaltMo4

    We must take it back to the time when no white person let olone a white woman, whould not impersonate a black person exept to poke fun. This costume was done out of admiration her favorite rapper so what is the big deal ?

    November 2, 2009 at 2:03 pm

  11. MStevo

    I think she’s on to something……If more white chicks would paint themselves black – I’d definitely date more of them….I would poke on as many black painted white girls as I could – to do my part in bringing in some racial equality!

    p.s. you know I would paint our little mulatto children yellow….gotta do something about the tension with the Korean lady at the corner store

    November 2, 2009 at 2:42 pm

  12. DC

    Can you say double standard, check out ms trya banks show ASAP. She has dressed up models as people of color for ratings!! Ok who is pimpin who? This is Halloween I saw Black G Bushs, OCTO moms,etc… catch my drift,. As for blackface it was done by performers to make money (trya) not a 21 year old trying to have some fun on Halloween

    November 2, 2009 at 3:59 pm

  13. Scott

    I don’t understand why some people take this kind of stuff so personal. It’s a costume for christ sakes. Who cares, the world keeps spinnin

    November 2, 2009 at 4:00 pm

  14. Nina

    You are comparing art to this craziness???? This girl made a poor decision and while her black friends are chilling in the back ground…obviously one of them had a problem with this or they would not have posted the picture from her “private” face book” account! You know they are going to release her from the DCC behind this too…watch!

    November 2, 2009 at 4:18 pm

  15. Anonymous

    Hey, it’s Texas, y’all. What would you expect from these kids?

    November 2, 2009 at 4:21 pm

  16. PriB

    well in that case we should re-vamp all issues concerning the mockery of races… we can start with black face in general, then sports such as renaming the “Red Skins” football team as that CLEARLY was a derogatory term against natives, THEN we can go into the music world.. and well that can be in a category all its own!

    but the point i’m making here is NOT that we should forget the history of our ancestors but rather than allowing the past dictate our future, we should remember and become better than to allow things as such to get to us, because when you allow it to affect you negatively you give those who meant to do harm thru words the satisfaction of succeeding in their goal to bring you down…

    race is only an issue when we allow it to become an issue… obviously in this country racism is alive and we continue to allow it to affect every aspect of what we do, including dressing up as a notorious rapper! if it were the other way around and an african american female decided to dress up like a famous country singer would we even be having this conversation? and this is said regardless of the difference in history, because in reality ALL people’s at one point in time have been oppressed to no avail and yet we fail to remember this and focus on what we think affects us today, which in reality the only thing that affects us each day is how we act and react in life…

    November 2, 2009 at 6:29 pm

  17. Brandon

    Its Halloween. They are obviously people out there trying to make a big deal about nothing. I think she looks great! It might be a little different if she did her face black (as if she was making fun) but she wasn’t. She wanted to dress up as someone, and she did! GET OVER IT!! I’m half White, half Hispanic , and dressed up as Michael Jackson(with the white face)Does that make me wrong too!!!!! I don’t think so, Case Closed, move on!!!!

    November 2, 2009 at 6:44 pm

  18. Danielle

    I agree a 100 percent I think that her being let go from the team will honestly be dependent upon how the Cowboys feel about the issue hopefully they realize that it was all in Jest ..I think that the costume may have been a little racially insensitive to some sensitive folks but like I said I kind of seriously doubt that she wore this costume with the intent to directly mock African Americans…lets get over it folks!!

    November 2, 2009 at 7:53 pm

  19. Miranda

    i would just like to say that Whitney has been one of my best friends since the day i met her and i KNOW that if she thought for just an inkling of a second that this might offend someone, she would not have DRESSED UP. People need to remember that halloween is JUST a holiday. A holiday where everyone dresses up. IN COSTUME. for shits and giggles. If you were a dancer or knew anything about the art of dance, you would know it is JUST A COSTUME. Something that us dancers wear to depict our emotion. Who doesn’t love lil wayne? I would definitely dress up as Lil Wayne for Halloween if i didn’t mind all the body paint. MEDIA: GET OVER IT!

    November 2, 2009 at 8:49 pm

  20. Tone

    it’s not that big of deal…people have dressed up as Michael jackson before and there wasnt an issue…if anything is offensive it’s how weak of a fucking costume it is…instead of body paint she should’ve put more thought into Wayne’s tattoos cause she looks more like badly sunburned trailer trash…lol

    November 2, 2009 at 9:30 pm

  21. Tone

    the Cowboys will let her go and pick up another average looking blonde in the same day…move on people…this aint news…i got more important shit going in my pants…hahaha

    November 2, 2009 at 9:32 pm

  22. CC GWRider

    “..I think that the costume may have been a little racially insensitive to some sensitive folks ”

    Then you’re too sensitive. Get over yourself. Why was it okay a few years ago for two black men to dress up as white women in the movie “White Girls”? You “sensitive” people are hypocrites.

    The world doesn’t revolve around what hurts “sensitive” peoples’s feelings. The minority should not dictating the majority. This country has a severe case of tail-wagging-the-dog syndrome. It’s starting to feel a lot like “reverse aparthied”.

    November 2, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    • insensitive

      even a little racially insensitive MAKES IT INSENSITIVE! u obviously didn’t learn in school … if part of the statement is false, all of it is false. no such thing as half! not that it matters, but i wonder what group u consider to be the minority!? u MUST BE a hermit! … stay away from the light! go back inside! NOW!!!! run forest run!!!

      November 2, 2009 at 11:24 pm

  23. Toni

    If you ask me i think that was realy funny she is a kid and she having fun with her black girl friends . for crying out load thak a chilled pill people. she is a beautifull young lady leave her alone less all worry on how to pay our bills not this young lady having fun.

    November 2, 2009 at 9:46 pm

  24. Danielle

    Miss CC…
    Bless your heart honey..
    I think you need to calm down a notch and read my response a little
    bit better cause you seem to be having a tough
    time understanding what your reading baby

    November 2, 2009 at 10:06 pm

  25. getit

    Why we didnt complain when the white chicks movie was made…

    November 2, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    • Anonymous

      hahahahaha!!!! great point!

      November 4, 2009 at 8:42 pm

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  27. C

    SOOOO WHAT!!! This is getting rediculous!! She was dressed as a character. In all of her pictures she’s doing the “gangsta pose”. I am african american and it didn’t bother me. I think its funny.

    November 2, 2009 at 11:28 pm

  28. think_1st

    This world has become sooooo nonchalant about everything! haaaaahaaaaaa hopefully this will be a warning for all facebook users! people really should THINK ABOUT and consider what they post on facebook before they post it.

    November 2, 2009 at 11:28 pm

  29. Danielle

    CC your obviously an easily excitable youth
    looking for a fight who still has a lot growing
    to do….I pray that you acquire lots of knowledge, wisdom and world experience as you forge ahead in life…may
    god bless you and make your burdens easier

    November 2, 2009 at 11:30 pm

  30. Danielle

    Think 1st I agree with you they’re it’s like we are living in a Day and age where people seem to have lost all they’re inhibitions
    a lot of people, particular young people don’t realize when you post a picture of yourself on the internet 9 times out of 10 your not the only one seeing it

    November 2, 2009 at 11:37 pm

  31. Anonymous

    how about the guy in the middle being a pitcher for the texas rangers! lol

    November 3, 2009 at 12:00 am

  32. ROMIE

    This is not that big of a deal ,however it does show you that Black’s are seen as clown’s and not real people.The H.S.Hyland Park do a Ghetto day every year ,these white kid’s come dressed with GOLD Teeth ,ear ring’s ,saggin pant’s and in Black face for a day to pay homage to the ghetto (HOOD)after all they live in neighbor hood’s and the same logic would not apply.The fact that Black people would even pose in the same picture with white people dressed in Black face show’s that BLACK’S have No Real Racial pride they are passive ,complacent and weak on important issue’ you think an ASIAN person would pose with some white person dressed like Chair MAO or Ho Chi Minh,BRUCE LEE in Yellow face…HELL NO

    November 3, 2009 at 2:35 am

  33. Danielle

    I think you are Speaking for yourself if *YOU* see Black people as Clowns then speak for *YOU* and not everyone else I seriously doubt if everybody thought like that we would have a Black President and Blacks with more money then you will ever make in your life..I speak for myself when I say I am proud of being African American they’re isn’t a bone in my body that is ashamed of my race excuse me if I don’t do what Whites expect and have a Knee Jerk reaction to this type of thing…and so what if white kids dress like Poor uneducated Blacks..they don’t represent me ..I don’t wear weave or gold teeth or sag or Kill my Brain Cells off by listening to Lil Wayne…..I think your comments and all to apparent racist attitude is one reason why this whole thing has gotten blown out of proportion…. If you feel so strongly about the Passivity and Weakness of Blacks then make a public blog and place your real Picture on it and let everybody know how you really feel

    November 3, 2009 at 3:05 am

  34. Anonymous

    Hell I thought it was funny….. and I am an African American

    November 3, 2009 at 3:48 am

  35. Lisa

    It was a Halloween dress up in character at Halloween. Since when is that an issue? She wasn’t performing at a game or depicting someone negatively. She likes this rapper enough to want to represent..The news needs to move on from small nonissues and report on the war or the rise in the crime rate. Kudos to you Whit for being a great cheerleader and having a life.

    November 3, 2009 at 3:58 am

  36. HRAY

    As a friend of Whitney’s i KNOW for certain her intentions were not as they are being portrayed. She would never have tried to be racist in ANY way. Whitney would never hurt a fly much less make a fool out of herself for being “racist”. I feel awful for her and I definitely stick by her. Who knew a simple love for music could get her into this kind of trouble. I personally do not see anything wrong here. Did the world freak out when talk show host Wendy Williams (who is MUCH more famous than Whit) dress as Dolly Parton? No. Did anyone say anything about the girls in the background dressed as Mexican Mariachi members? No. Get off of Whitney’s was freakin halloween!

    November 3, 2009 at 4:05 am

    • Anonymous

      I am sure your friend did not mean to be offensive and I am sure she is not racist. Even if that was not their intent, she and the others, including the Mariachi members, are being insensitive. Unfortunately, your friend is getting the brunt of this because she was identified as representing an organization that prides itself in maintaining a reputation of respect and integrity. The history racism and offensive behavior towards minorities is still fresh in the memories of many. After all it was only 50-60 years ago that black people didn’t have rights equal to white people in the US. I am sure there are many examples that could be given by people who have experienced those things first hand. Hopefully this is a reminder to people, especially those who are in public positions, to think before they act.

      November 3, 2009 at 4:47 am



    November 3, 2009 at 4:21 am

  38. HRAY

    Thank you C. Williams!

    November 3, 2009 at 4:29 am

  39. Anonymous

    i dont think it matters, this is really being blown out of proportion! i really dont think she meant any harm i think (it should be up to lil wayne) if he finds it offensive. if not people move on, give the girl a break lil wayne is hip and cool so he probably dont mind if someone idles him!

    November 3, 2009 at 6:50 am

  40. Terri

    I think this is great. It is Halloween!!!! I think Lil Wayne would love it.

    November 3, 2009 at 3:19 pm

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  43. Lisa

    The pictures were posted to her facebook which is only meant for her friends. The pictures are not offensive and to the person who decided to make Whitney’s life harder, all I have to say to you is grow up and stop being jealous. It’s not an attractive trait. Who knows, if you are lucky you may get the opportunity to have children. And then you can live thru them since you are unhappy with your own life. I doubt anything she or any of the other girls could do could hurt the image of the team or the company.

    November 3, 2009 at 3:51 pm

  44. Born in Dallas

    Some people need to get a life!!!!!!

    November 4, 2009 at 9:07 am

  45. jim

    are you serious ????? give this a break ! this is a story ? if you are that sensitive about halloween cotumes , YOU have the problem ! to think she did something wrong here is the only story ! its a halloween costume ! if she dressed as marilyn monroe or supergirl or hilary clinton would anyone be offended !! give this insensitive issue a break !

    November 4, 2009 at 9:37 am

  46. Its a crazy world!

    November 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm

  47. Tam

    get a life!!!! they guy on 106 and Park dressed like lil wayne apparently it was a hot outfit this year! lil wayne the ballon boy dad…White America please stop creating issues!

    November 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm

  48. Danielle

    I can’t wait to hear what the Cowboys have to say!
    I will be really surprised if they are offended.

    November 4, 2009 at 5:28 pm

  49. Danielle

    PS…why are they tripping on
    the girl dressed as Lil Wayne
    and hardly anybody has said anything
    about the guy dressed as T pain?
    and the 2 chicks dressed as Mariachi’s
    in the back? lol

    November 4, 2009 at 5:30 pm

  50. Anonymous

    This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard all week. WHO CARES?!?!?!?!!?!

    November 4, 2009 at 8:41 pm

  51. dude

    She looks like Lil Wayne’s bitch ass so kudos to her.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:04 pm

  52. DBDB

    God, most of you are some dumb assed coons:

    “Yes Mam Ms. Whitney, we ain’t offended sho nuf. You jus’a purty innocent blond queen havin’ some fun.”

    DUMB ASSES. White folks were doing this shit (particular the frat/soro types) before Wayne was in diapers.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:41 pm

  53. Danielle

    Wow you obviously have no respect for your own race
    or for creator for you to sit they’re and use the word
    Coon and then turn around and use the word god and an expletive
    in the same sentence… I think you need to be a little less worried
    about this costume debacle and more about where your going to spend eternity if you don’t get it together your going to be the same color as everybody else where your going

    Crispy Black

    November 4, 2009 at 10:49 pm

  54. joe

    She should be repremanded for dressing up like a low life piece of #$%@. Oh yeah, he happens to be BLACK….

    November 5, 2009 at 5:01 pm

  55. mISSME

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN I LOVE IT I am a black person and I dont see anything wrong with it at all. It made me laugh thank you and this goes to show you that lil wayne is loved from everyone! GET OVER ITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 6, 2009 at 4:36 pm

  56. Skipper

    thank you for the information…..cheers

    November 12, 2009 at 11:45 am

  57. This is just plain fun and entertainment. Let them enjoy life in this democratic country…. Bring it on! More of the enjoying stuff! Express yourself freely.

    February 15, 2010 at 8:54 pm

  58. Cool music! Great way to enjoy a day to break the monotony..

    February 15, 2010 at 8:56 pm

  59. Robert Duncan

    I dnt think she was trying to be racist It was just an ignorant choice

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  63. She’s imitating an actual person, not a whole race. And its Halloween, not a random Tuesday in April. Big difference.

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