Mother who blacked-up her daughter for Halloween defends costume

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Claire Flynn dressed her daughter Sienna (pictured) as a 'Lookie Lookie' man for Halloween

Claire Flynn dressed her daughter Sienna (pictured) as a 'Lookie Lookie' man for Halloween

Claire Flynn dressed her daughter Sienna (pictured) as a ‘Lookie Lookie’ man for Halloween

A mother who blacked-up her daughter for Halloween insists she’s no racist and has said anyone that thinks she is ‘needs to get a grip’.

Nursery worker Claire Flynn, dressed her three-year-old daughter Sienna as a ‘Lookie Lookie’ man, a nickname which has previously been given to beach traders in foreign holiday resorts.

The 26-year-old from Scotland posted a picture of Sienna coated head-to-toe in black facepaint on Facebook in a post that read: ‘Happy Halloween from Benidorm’s finest……lookie lookie.’

But Claire is adamant that the costume choice wasn’t intended to be offensive, and says anyone who thinks so needs to ‘get a grip’.

Speaking to the Daily Record, Claire said: ‘I’m not going to apologise for this or delete my post. If people want to be all PC about it they need to take a look at themselves. It’s really not an issue.

‘We were in Magaluf on holiday in September and Sienna got a toy monkey from the Lookie Lookie men. She loved them and wanted to go back and see them every day.

‘That’s when I had the idea. I’m just a creative person and that’s what Halloween is all about.

‘It’s a kid in a costume wearing facepaint. People need to get a grip.

‘I’m not going to bow down to anyone that has an issue with this. I’m not a racist and I’ve not seen anyone calling me a racist and I’m definitely not one.

‘People dress up as Jimmy Saville and and no one calls them a paedophile and the people who dress up as Hitler don’t get called supporters of Nazi propaganda either.’

Claire, who works at Happy Feet Nursery in Larkhall, Scotland, dressed Sienna up in the staff room at work and says none of her colleagues had an issue with the outfit.

The young mum is adamant that she won't tolerate criticism like that given to a Scottish woman who recently dressed up as Celtic player Dedryck Boyata.

The young mum is adamant that she won't tolerate criticism like that given to a Scottish woman who recently dressed up as Celtic player Dedryck Boyata.

The young mum is adamant that she won't tolerate criticism like that given to a Scottish woman who recently dressed up as Celtic player Dedryck Boyata.

The young mum is adamant that she won't tolerate criticism like that given to a Scottish woman who recently dressed up as Celtic player Dedryck Boyata.

Claire Flynn (left) has insisted she is not a racist for painting her daughter Sienna (seen holding right) black for Halloween

She said: ‘My boss at work is absolutely fine about it. She thinks the complaints are ridiculous. I’ve worked as a nursery nurse for 10 years, with people of all different races and cultures, so I don’t have to defend myself.

‘Parents from the nursery have been sharing it online too and everyone says it’s brilliant.

‘No one cared when we went guising round the doors either.’

The young mum is adamant that she won't tolerate criticism like that given to a Scottish woman who recently dressed up as Celtic player Dedryck Boyata.

The young mum is adamant that she won't tolerate criticism like that given to a Scottish woman who recently dressed up as Celtic player Dedryck Boyata.

The young mum is adamant that she won't tolerate criticism like that given to a Scottish woman who recently dressed up as Celtic player Dedryck Boyata.

The young mum is adamant that she won't tolerate criticism like that given to a Scottish woman who recently dressed up as Celtic player Dedryck Boyata.

The 26-year-old mother (pictured left and right) had dressed her daughter for Halloween at the nursery she works at in Scotland

The young mum is adamant that she won’t tolerate criticism like that given to a Scottish woman who recently dressed up as Celtic player Dedryck Boyata.

Claire said: ‘That woman was so intimidated by the online backlash to her post that she deleted her social media.

Claire had posted the image of her daughter Sienna (pictured) on Facebook, with the caption 'Happy Halloween from Benidorm's finest....lookie lookie

Claire had posted the image of her daughter Sienna (pictured) on Facebook, with the caption 'Happy Halloween from Benidorm's finest....lookie lookie

Claire had posted the image of her daughter Sienna (pictured) on Facebook, with the caption ‘Happy Halloween from Benidorm’s finest….lookie lookie

‘People were going crazy at her and she was obviously scared. It’s ludicrous. I’m not backing down and I’m happy to answer to it.’

However Claire pointed out that many people slamming the Boyata outfit were American and that she doesn’t believe Scots will be as offended by her choice of costume for Sienna because racism is ‘less of an issue here’.

She said: ‘I can understand the Americans being angry, because of the way blacks were treated over there.

‘I don’t think we have that same problem here in Scotland. I don’t think racism exists in the same context and people don’t get as upset about it.’

Claire also thinks the world has ‘gone PC mad’ and that ‘Everyone needs to calm down and stop being so sensitive’.

The hundreds of comments on Claire’s Facebook post are supportive, including one from nursery boss Shirley Clark.

Posting as Shirls Jets she said: ‘That’s amazing Claire, funniest one I’ve seen.’

The Happy Feet managing director also told the Daily Record: ‘Claire is always empathetic towards the children, she isn’t racist in any way. It was just a fun Halloween costume.’