A Perth father has shared an image of his son dressed as footballer Ben Cousins, complete with white powder on his nose, as a way to urge the community to “lighten up” after last week’s Nic Naitanui ‘blackface’ scandal.

Surprisingly the image has received more than 20,000 likes on Facebook.

The dad posted his son’s picture online to slam the public for its treatment of the little boy who dressed as his idol Nic Nat and got abused.

“To put all the butt hurt people at ease – (my son) had no idea why he had flour on his nose and I told him to act silly and I got the pic,” the father posted.

“It’s a pi** take because of the Nic Nat issue – lighten up.” The dad reassures people the child DID NOT go to school for bookweek in the costume. It was just purely a “pi##take.”

He has received some very mixed comments with one reader saying, “Inappropriate and just ask the people that have lost a loved one to drug abuse if they think the photo is just a bit of fun. Hang on while we are having some fun lets bleach our hair blond, chuck in some blue contacts and a white sweater and pretend we’re Martin Bryant. I mean really, just because you can doesn’t mean you should.”

Another wrote, “I can see the funny side and the negative side . How things change, this kid gets a thumbs up for glorifying yhe drug addict side of a great footballer and the other poor kid gets called a racist for colouring his skin trying to be Nic Nat. A clean footballer.”

Eagles star Ben Cousins experienced a dramatic fall from grace when he battled with recreational drug use.

An aboriginal mum has also taken to social media to defend the mother who tried to dress her son as Nic Naitanui, sharing a photo of her child with “white face”.
“We need to stop the double standards, a hero is a hero!

“I feel proud as a black woman that this little boy and his mum felt proud to colour himself black, and that being black is actually cool.”

The mother’s post has been shared almost 10,000 times across social media.

The debated started when a mother sparked outrage by dressing her son in “blackface” for bookweek.

The Perth-based mother shared an image of her nine-year-old son covered in brown paint with a wig of dreadlocks, dressed up as AFL star Nic Naitanui.

Has this now gone waaay too far?

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  • It is sad it hit the media at all. Aust. is getting too politically correct. A few years ago nothing would have be thought about it. Many children have sports people they think of as heroes, the same as some do with TV stars and various celebrities in movies, cabarets etc.


  • when I first saw the pic, I thought it was a ‘tongue in cheek’ dig at whats happening in the media and there is no way a parent would actually send a kid to school like that!! the kid wouldn’t even know why or what (the powder) it all meant (well you would hope!) but then people started saying that he DID go to school like that and that it was a teacher that reported it!!! The whole He said/She Said is just as bad as the original idea. A bad case of Chinese Whispers going on here – and this is from ADULTS ??!!


  • Yep, way too far ! I find it bizarre the amount of energy, time and emotions people put in their responses towards these posts without doing something constructive.


  • i personally think that it has gone way to far but then again it is only going to go as far as the media want it to – they will run with it until everyone gets fed up with the story and then they will have something else to stick there teeth into for a bit, it’s always changing but it always leaves an aftermath of people who have been caught in the trouble like the young boy from perth :(


  • I have to admit, I laughed when I saw this photo. Is it appropriate? Probably not. But I get the point this dad is trying to make. The Nic Nat dress up thing got way out if control and over the top


  • This is quite a complex issue. Sad that the photos of the children have gone viral.


  • Can we stop using little kids to make points?

    • I tend to agree – I do not like children images being used to make points.


  • The thing is that kids of this age are only doing this out of worship for their idols. It’s the adults who are making it more than just pure adoration. Let the kids be kids. They grow up too soon as it is


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