Is This Blackface? Burnt Mother Accused of Taking Her 5 Year Old Tanning Too

May 2, 2012 ‐ By


This picture alone is the main reason why I wanted to post this story. Because this picture right here, lets you know that this lady is not working with a full set of marbles. New Jersey mother,  Patricia Krentcil, is accused of taking her five year old daughter to a tanning salon. The girl showed up a school with a severe burn. But her parents claimed it was a sun burn she got playing outside.

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Patricia told reporters, “I tan. She doesn’t tan… I’m not going to bring my little daughter into a 90 degree bed. I mean that’s… (points to her head) not normal.”  Patricia, you know what else is not normal looking like you’re donning blackface for a minstrel show. I can’t say whether or not Patricia took her daughter into a tanning bed but I do know that she should really lighten up.

On another note, I’m kind of surprised that Patricia’s story is getting national attention, when the mothers on Toddler and Tiaras do far more things to their children in the name of beauty and competition.

Do you think this mother took her daughter into the tanning bed? Should she and other mothers be charged for this type of behavior?

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  • wondertwin

    I have a leather purse that looks like her.

    • Leatherneck

       The bottom line is we all know it’s a hot look. She be fine as chocolate. 

  • Lady Jane

    Tanning your skin is just like tanning leather which is also skin. Tanning causes premature aging, wrinkles, and sometimes skin cancer. Be happy with the skin you are in….I love mine.

  • Ms_Mara

    I almost hollered when I saw this on the news today. I mean this White woman is darker than me! I refuse to believe someone who tans this excessively is playing with a full deck, so I don’t find it hard to believe that she’d take her daughter into a tanning bed. The daughter even said as much when she was asked about the burns at school. If she is guilty, I hope she gets help and they keep a close eye on that child.

  • Que Stevenson

    What is the reason for tanning, especially when you have to keep doing it? And, is it to be Exotic? If so, defines that word:

    1. of foreign origin or character; not native; introduced from abroad, but not fully naturalized or acclimatized- as in exotic foods or exotic plants.
    2. strikingly unusual or strange in effect or appearance as in exotic hairstylesEither way, I feel tanning is trying to achieve a color you are not naturally. That’s your prerogative. I guess it’s not too different from people who alter their appearance in other ways (we all know those, so no need to elaborate)

  • RedButterfly81

    See, white people wants to be black so bad they want our clothes, music, attitude, big butts and our skin. This is a hot mess! This walking skin cancer needs help!

  • Janin Croswell

    This woman looks like a fool and I hope she learns her lesson and sty out of the tanning beds…as for her daughter ihope sshe dint take her into a tanning bed bc if she did and she got burnt that bad then she needs to serve jail time cuz thats just crazy…

  • Janietb94

    I think this tanning salon and other tanning salons need to be investigated for allowing this lady to go overboard with the tanning! This has to be some sort of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

  • MissPretty

    I think that most states have a legal age requirement for tanning.  I’ve not spent a lot of time in tanning beds, but I have a hard time imagining anyone putting a five year old in a tanning bed.  I supposed crazier things happen every day though.  

    I’m confused about why this is a racial issue.  I see nothing that identifies this woman as wanting to be ethnically black.  It just seems like she has taking tanning to an unhealthy level.  Why does everything always have to be about race?

  • Myssjackson

    That looks really unhealthy!

  • Lynn Stevens

    This just proves what my history professor in college said. So sad, this women clearly has severe problems with her self image. Hopefully someone can intervene so her daughter doesn’t develop them. 

    All tanning salons in her state should ban her, just on the fact of the damage that she has done to her skin. 

  • FRAN

    Aside from the racial aspect of this, and the poor parenting decision this woman made, SHE IS RISKING HERSELF FOR SKIN CANCER!!! And the tanning salon should have put a stop to it too!

  • OhSoNattral

    We live in a crazy world. They want to look like us (skin tanning to appear darker and getting injections in their lips) and we want to look like them (skin bleaching, weaves, and nose jobs).

  • Nitty

    Let her be.
    She’s black n proud.unlike certain folks i know..ha ha ha

  • L-Boogie

    Truly lost for words.

  • Superfly

    She looks like that old white lady from the movie “It’s Something About Mary….”

  • J A SASSY aka salon22w

    brings new meaning to accusing blk women of wearing weave to look white.. smdh.. what is up with these people and tanning.. you hate blks so why try to get their color.. be happy with your pale skin.

  • PeachesTheWriter

    If the child is burned, that is child abuse. If she had not been burned, it could fall into that grey area where most of the antics from Toddlers and Tiaras falls. It is truly sad when parents spend so much time trying to alter the appearence of their children. Children are beautiful as they are.

  • Mls2698

    I’m waiting for my 12 o’clock news to talk about it. Where are they from? Because we haven’t had enough sun yet to cause a severe burn in most states. I can’t hear the video.

    • Mls2698

      New Jersey……not!

  • JEM

    Excessive tanning/tanning addiction has nothing to do with blackface and are two separate issues entirely. Fair skinned people realize that tanning reduces redness from acne and skin irritations, makes pores appear tighter, can even a blotchy skin tone, reduces appearance of other skin imperfections like stretch marks, broken capillaries, etc., and gives an overall youthful appearance. Those aforementioned skin issues are far more apparent on lighter skin than brown to dark skin, hence the reason for tanning (makeup bronzer has the same effect). However, the irony is that excessive tanning can do the exact opposite- cause skin irritations, make pores appear larger, cause uneven skin tone, create imperfections like age spots and discolorations, and make skin dry, leathery, and wrinkly. 

    But people who are addicted don’t have any objectivity, so I’m sure this lady up there thinks she looks like a fresh California/Florida babe but the reality is, her skin looks damaged beyond repair and the tan is not flattering or masking anything. Just like people who take plastic surgery too far, or dieting too far, they can’t see themselves objectively, but we see the problem. It’s called image dysmorphia. 

    • MissPretty

      I think it’s just silly that we are comparing this to blackface.  I see the two as wildly separate issues as well.  

  • Candacey Doris

    She looks horrible! Why does she think she looks good? There is a limit to tanning. She jumped right over that line and kept on going. I hope that she doesn’t try and make her daughter do what she does when she is older. 

  • Kimster

    It’s sad that many women risk their health by tanning in a “bed” only to come out looking like a Slim Jim. I’ve seen “Final Destination 3″, and while that is an example of a fictional extreme, tanning beds make me cringe. A lot of young women I know have to spend a week just healing from a bed induced burn before they can truly enjoy their tan. I guess others could point the finger at women and extreme hair care practices as well.

    • Aboo

      Kimster, why was this white woman dubbed a racist by you?

      • Kimster

        ?? Aboo, I don’t know what post you’re reading, but I make no mention of race or call anyone a racist. Tanning, in and of itself, is a method to attain a browner skin tone. I also know people of various races who sit in tanning beds.

      • Regina Woodruff

         i think you meant to direct your question to

    • Mls2698

      “Slim Jim” *holding my stomach laughing*

  • autumn_breeze

    I will never understand why White people get tans, especially racist ones…makes no sense at all. They  risk their health both internal and external, it’s not attractive, it just looks like a desperate ploy to look like something that you obviously are not… a person of color, especially if they get it to orange or dark. Be happy with the skin color that God put you in. Whenever I see a pale white person, no color, no tan, I like it, because they appreciate their color OR they are like a co-worker of mine who tries to tan but  gets burned instead. LOVE YOUR BEAUTY!


      talk about being racist…. and I hope you don’t think this is true really…

      • MissPretty

        I agree.  Tanning is a cultural phenom for lots of white people that has nothing to do with wanting to be another race.  I hate when we throw the word racist around when it doesn’t apply.  

        • GeekMommaRants

           Really, only white people do this.  You do not see Asians getting their black on. 

          • Live_in_LDN

            Actually yeah in Japan there is a whole subculture where they ‘get their black on’ google ganguru and b-style for examples.

            • GeekMommaRants

               Of course you are correct.  However, Japanese are never darker than Bernie Mack, like this idiot. 

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            • GeekMommaRants

               Of course you are correct.  However, Japanese are never darker than Bernie Mack, like this idiot. 

            • GeekMommaRants

               Of course you are correct.  However, Japanese are never darker than Bernie Mack, like this idiot. 

          • Live_in_LDN

            Actually yeah in Japan there is a whole subculture where they ‘get their black on’ google ganguru and b-style for examples.

          • Live_in_LDN

            Actually yeah in Japan there is a whole subculture where they ‘get their black on’ google ganguru and b-style for examples.

    • Istre

      “Espcially racist ones”what kind of ignorant person wrote this. I dont think that they want to be “a person of color” its like wearing makeup or dying hair. Some people prefer to be darker. Im assuming that u go all natural no makeup or weave…