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Parents defend Nic Nat 'blackface' mother

AAP logoAAP 30/08/2016 Rebecca Gredley

A Perth father has dressed his son as troubled ex-AFL player Ben Cousins, complete with white flour on his nose, in response to the Nic Naitanui "blackface" book week controversy.

The father believes it was "rubbish" a mother was vilified for dressing her son up as West Coast Eagles ruckman Nic Naitanui, which included painting the boy's skin black, and decided to share photos of his own son on Facebook to give the public "something to whinge about".

He did not send his son to school dressed as Cousins, whose drug history is infamous, but said he did it for a laugh at home to highlight double standards with political correctness.

"Kids don't know, don't care about race or gender," he told 6PR radio on Tuesday.

"People seem to think anything with drug use is hilarious, but we're quick to jump on someone who paints their kid black."

The father said he had not received backlash for depicting his son as Cousins, but hoped he had not brought on any problems for the former West Coast Eagles captain personally.

A Queensland mother also took to social media in support of the mother, sharing a photo of her Aboriginal daughter painted white to be a Dr Seuss character.

"I feel proud as a black woman that this little boy and his mum felt he is proud to colour himself black, and that being black is actually cool!" she wrote on Facebook.

"Not once did anyone say anything when I painted my black daughter white three years ago. We need to stop the double standards, a hero is a hero!"

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