Joe's Beerhouse reacts to public's blackface outcry

Joe's Beerhouse reacts to public's blackface outcry

A popular hangout spot in Windhoek, Joe's Beerhouse, says its antique advert or sign was not meant to offend black Namibians.
That was after regular visitors to Joe's Beerhouse spotted the controversial blackface advert.
Social media went abuzz Monday as black Namibians expressed outrage over the advert, depicting a white man with a painted black face.
Joe's Beerhouse's statement on the outrage says ' we apologise if the sign caused offence to anyone, which it clearly seems to have done''.
As the establishment prides itself on unique and antique decorations, the management promised inspection on all its objects before display.
Joe's Beerhouse management has since confirmed and taken down the picture, dating back to the 20th century.
The blackface incident comes barely a week after the Ombudsman lashed out at bureaucracy in the judicial system.
John Walters said this discourages people to report racism and hate speech, which are all outlawed in Namibia.