Crikey Clarifier

Oct 8, 2009

What’s all the fuss about ‘blackface’?

In light of all the scandal following last night's Hey Hey it's Saturday, which featured a blackface skit, Crikey intern Melanie Mahony clarifies the history of blackface. Is it racist?

Australia, and the world’s media, is currently up in arms about “that” skit on last night’s most watched program Hey Hey It’s Saturday. Guest Harry Connick Jnr was mortified by the performance in which a group of esteemed surgeons painted their faces black (and one white) in a tribute to the Jackson 5.

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43 thoughts on “What’s all the fuss about ‘blackface’?

  1. the duke

    I just returned from London and am SICK of this story…….

    Why is it that the so called ‘white people’ are the only ones that can be racist???

  2. bpobjie

    Good God, the most irritating thing to come out of this issue is the fools calling Connick Jr a “hypocrite”.

    Here is the main difference between the Jackson Jive skit, and the Mad TV skit: Connick Jr was PLAYING A WHITE MAN.

    Have people got it yet? “Look at him, criticising blackface, when HE once performed in blackface!” does not work, if the person you’re talking about has never performed in blackface.

  3. Cynthia Alessi

    Congratulations BPOBJIE for pointing that out. It’s obvious people wish to make themselves feel better on their stance, if they are able to call Jr. a hypocrite.

    The fact of the matter is the skit happened, learn from it, get over it and move on.

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