Qantas apologises after giving tickets to blackface fans

Qantas has apologised after selecting two fans who promised to wear blackface as the winner of a Twitter promotion to win tickets to Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup game.

The pair promised to dress as Radike Samo after the Qantas Twitter account asked fans what they would do to win the tickets.

radike blackface qantasQantas selected as the winner of its #GoWallabies contest a tweet from @Pek_Anan saying:

“@QantasAirways We will dress as Radike Samo. Complete with Afro Wig, Aus rugby kit and facepaint #GoWallabies”

The pair had their photo taken with the Fiji-born rugby playe, who has since made public ghis appreciation of the gesture.

However, the blackface created a backlash on Twitter. In 2009  a Michael Jackson tribute act on the Hey Hey It’s Saturday reunion created furore.

Over the weekend the Qantas Twitter account issued a number of apologies.


Meanwhile, Charles Butler, who tweets as @pek_anan, posted his own apologies saying that the blackface was a tribute to Samo, his “favourite player”.

Qantas told Mumbrella that it had run the competition with its own inhouse social media team and that it had not involved any of its roster agencies.


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