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10-08-2009, 02:39 PM
ADELAIDE, Australia An Australian variety show host has apologized for a skit in which singers parodying the Jackson Five performed in blackface.

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.

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.

Michael Jackson died June 25 at age 50.

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.

Connick said he would not have appeared on the show if he'd known about the skit.

"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," he told Somers after his apology.

Anand Deva, the frontman of the "Jackson Jive" act, said it was not meant to cause offense but added he would not have performed it in the United States.

"Hey Hey" ran for 27 years starting in 1971. The "Jackson Jive" group first appeared on the show 20 years ago and were invited back to reprise their roles during the second of two reunion shows for the once-popular program.

-news.yahoo.com

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Blackula Spectacula
10-08-2009, 08:19 PM
lol Fucking aussie's man.

thats -10 pts for Australia .. Canada's in the lead.

Senator C. Palantine
10-08-2009, 08:21 PM
i thought jacko was white?

Blackula Spectacula
10-08-2009, 08:26 PM
http://jaycan.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/tommydavidsonblackface.jpg

Drunken Monk
10-08-2009, 08:27 PM
why pople do it?
its not funny
but watching it smokeed,,,,, ROFLMAO


ALLAH MEANS THE ALMIGHTYONE

Blackula Spectacula
10-08-2009, 08:29 PM
Jesus Christ your posts are so incoherent! it really makes me mad.

shystar36
10-09-2009, 12:56 AM
very interesting. i'm sure theyre morons more than racists.

Longbongcilvaringz
10-09-2009, 01:09 AM
Was waiting for this to appear here.

Firsty, Hey Hey was one of the weakest shows in Australian history, hence it popularity.

It's been brought back to rejuvenate the careers of "entertainers" with no charisma or personality.

Secondly, Australia is an extremely racist place.

But thirdly, this wasn't meant to make fun of the whole "black face" thing, it was about Michael Jackson turning himself into a white boy freak while the rest of his family remained their natural black.

Racist or not, it was fucking lame.

NIGHT MAYOR
10-09-2009, 02:04 AM
very interesting. i'm sure theyre morons more than racists.

they are actualy all praticing doctors, so that rules out the morons

Was waiting for this to appear here.

Firsty, Hey Hey was one of the weakest shows in Australian history, hence it popularity.

It's been brought back to rejuvenate the careers of "entertainers" with no charisma or personality.

Secondly, Australia is an extremely racist place.

But thirdly, this wasn't meant to make fun of the whole "black face" thing, it was about Michael Jackson turning himself into a white boy freak while the rest of his family remained their natural black.

Racist or not, it was fucking lame.

weakest shows ? wtf ? why did it run for so long then ? its a fucking brilliant show, basicly all adlib. such a post is un-australian, fuckin do-gooder :(W

J-Cee
10-09-2009, 02:09 AM
^ i agree,was a great show,not only that,the ppl who performed the act are from mixed backgrounds,think one is indian himself
And stating that australians are racist is a pretty ignorant generalisation.

Longbongcilvaringz
10-09-2009, 03:44 PM
It was shit.

And is even shittier now.

Tecknowledgist
10-09-2009, 07:13 PM
we've spent so much time trying to not make black people look like buffoons

good 1 captain slick

check two
10-09-2009, 07:17 PM
^^ why are quoting the wrong person, jabroni? lol

Tecknowledgist
10-09-2009, 07:21 PM
^sorry it was in your post. you know what i mean lol

hide1998
10-10-2009, 02:11 AM
This was clearly racist. Calling this any kind of "tribute" spits in the face of anyone with intelligence. No one should be defending this mess on any level. It is what it is.

And for those who still feel the need to believe everything the media tells them, rather than actually researching things themselves, MJ did suffer from a REAL skin disease. There are people that do loss their skin pigmentation just as MJ did, the only difference is they're not megastars on TV. Don't be a sheep and believe everything the media tells you.

Longbongcilvaringz
10-10-2009, 09:27 AM
Whatever helps you sleep at night.

Michael Jackson was the second coming of Jesus, albeit paler.

Ghost In The 'Lac
10-10-2009, 09:36 AM
The most disturbing part of it all was how un-funny it was. What exactly is supposed to be worthy of TV airtime? Its not as if they can do anything or have talent.

And btw the autopsy last week on Jacko confirmed he really did have vertiligo (skin whiteneing) condition, that effect his face, chest and arms, he really wasnt faking it.