Hey Hey It's Racist

by
Abby Zimet

News of the weird from Australia, where the host of a variety show has apologized
for the (dreadful) performance of the Jackson Jive, guys in blackface
and Afro wigs doing a Jackson Five impersonation with a Michael Jackson
frontman in white face. Oy. Weirder yet: The frontman is a plastic
surgeon, all the guys are multicultural doctors, and they did the same
skit 20 years ago, when it was deemed hilarious. We wonder: Does that
constitute progress? See it here if you dare. 

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"We have offended some people no doubt," said prominent plastic surgeon
Dr. Anand Deva, who played Michael Jackson. "I suspect things are
probably a bit different in America in terms of what that (black face)
means."

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