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White Australians Entertained by Stupid Jackson Five Blackface-Coon-Jiggaboo Skit on T.V. Show

It seems like old stereotypes die hard around the world. Apparently, Australian T.V. thinks that they should bring them back, in the form of a ”tribute” to the Jackson Five.

Here is a clip from YouTube, and C.B.S. news revealing this disgraceful attempt to entertain-

Takes me right back to the halcyon days of ”pre-civil rights, Jim Crow” America, where Coonin’ and blackface white comedians disrespectfully portrayed what can only be described as a hateful inaccurate caricature of the black man in their heads. They have never seen a black man who looks like these clowns, and certainly not the Jackson 5.

In several parts of Asia, there is a popular product called ”Darlie”, that was formerly known as ”Darkie” products. In the tradition of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben, the mascot for these personal hygiene products is a blackface character, with bright white teeth, white lips, and bucked out eyes.

It was explained to me that this was supposed to be a compliment to black people, rather than a slight to our people, and never meant to harm us. The name ”Darkie” was changed to ”Darlie”, because there was no good rationalization to explain how anyone, anywhere, of any language could make a term designed to denigrate us ..”Darkie”…into anything other than a diss. It is not like a country full of Asians can not relate to visual and verbal slights, as the Asian community around the world has their own form of disrespectful images designed to hold them down,that they do not like.

Darkie Products Blackface Coon

Darkie Products Blackface Coon

In todays age of the internet, and free access to information on any culture, country, or tradition, proper research of these issues is more important today than ever, since all of our content in any form of media today, any where in the world, will be viewed all over the world. T.V. and the internet works the same all over the world, if you are in a country that promotes free access to an uncensored media.

The following is a report from the Associated Press-

…American singer and actor Harry Connick Jr., who was serving as a guest judge on Wednesday night’s “Hey Hey It’s Saturday,” was visibly shocked by the skit, in which four men with afro wigs and blackface sang and danced behind a Michael Jackson impersonator wearing white makeup.

Connick, 42, gave the performance a zero score and told them that if it had been done in the United States it would have been pulled off the air.

Blackface was a traditional trope of minstrel shows in the U.S. that dates to the 19th century. Whites playing stock black characters — usually offensive stereotypes meant to demean — rubbed coal, grease or shoe polish on their faces. Blackface performances are not common in Australia…

The performance was actually an encore performance from 20 years earlier on the same show, with the same performers. Back then it was not deemed to be a problem.

“I just want to say, on behalf of my country, I know it was done humorously, but we’ve spent so much time trying to not make black people look like buffoons, that when we see something like that we take it really to heart,” Connick said on the broadcast.

Public reaction to the “Hey Hey” performance in online forums was mixed. Some Australians said they were embarrassed such a racist sketch had been broadcast, while others said detractors were too politically correct and that the skit was funny. 

At a news conference on other issues Thursday morning, opposition politician Helen Coonan labeled the skit “disgusting.”

Host Daryl Somers apologized to Connick at the end of the live show.

“I know that to your countrymen, that’s an insult to have a blackface routine like that on the show, so I do apologize to you,” Somers said.

In America, I am fairly certain that in this Neocon Republican fueled hate festival that the likes of G. Beck and the drug crazed rants of Rush Limbaugh, will undoubtedly claim that this is a ”race card” issue, and that we need to get over it, and stop being so politically correct.

I feel that as long as we tolerate Uncle Ben’s,Aunt Jemima, Flavor Flav, unfortunately, and all the universities and Sports teams that insist on using negative stereotype depictions of our ancestors as cartoon mascots, like chattel, then we will continue to send a mixed message to the world that these types of 1940’s style racial antics, are okay to produce.

The hip-hop industry must challenge itself to stop the ridiculous coonin’ that is so pervasive in the industry today, even if the ones perpetuating the stereotypes are fine with it. Some of our weak minded brothers will destroy the self esteem of our children as long as they can bling, and drive a Lambo…both of which ultimately benefits the destruction of black people, and enriches these non-African American corporations.

At this point, we must thank Harry Connick, jr. for sticking up for our image, when many of us that can, do not.

A fellow blogger has some more thoughts on this,via Freep.com-

http://www.freep.com/article/20091008/BLOG36/91008029/Blackface-Jackson-5-skit-panned

Darkie Diapers Disgrace

Darkie Diapers Disgrace

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