retrofuturist wrote:In their defence, I think the blackening and the wigs had much more to do with trying to make it obvious they were being the Jackson Five. If it wasn't clear that it was (a white) Michael Jackson at the front, and 4 dark singers/dancers in the back, they could just as well have been impersonating a 90's boy band, for all anyone knew.
When the turn of Stan's team comes, Chef and the rest of the adults find out that it had not even noticed that the flag was racist, thinking that the issue at hand was capital punishment. Chef realises that, when the children looked at the flag, they only saw five people, with no regard to their colors, and is touched: he realises that, in believing the whole town racist while throwing the slur "cracker" around, he was being the racist one.
retrofuturist wrote:Where is the line drawn, and on what basis?
Ben wrote:Political correctness?
retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,retrofuturist wrote:When the turn of Stan's team comes, Chef and the rest of the adults find out that it had not even noticed that the flag was racist, thinking that the issue at hand was capital punishment. Chef realises that, when the children looked at the flag, they only saw five people, with no regard to their colors, and is touched: he realises that, in believing the whole town racist while throwing the slur "cracker" around, he was being the racist one.
christopher::: wrote:How are things going in your country with issues of racial equality?
Ben wrote:It still exists, unfortunately. It tends to erupt from time to time. And I guess that's because there's been some progress in some areas.
You'll get a range of views regarding racism in Australia as per the first few minutes of tonight's episode of Q&A. As with any episode of Q&A, which is a panel discussion with audience participation, you get a range of views represented.
That's a good point. I was under the impression, however, that Australia has close cultural associations in this regard with the U.S. in terms of its sophisticated entertainment industry as well as in terms of sensibilities regarding skin color. I might be wrong about that. Maybe this kind of thing is not regarded as offensive in Australia.retrofuturist wrote:Yes, but those are predominantly American cultural considerations associated with blackfacing.
From that link:retrofuturist wrote:By way of contrast, consider Britain's highly successful and long-running series...
The Black and White Minstrel Show (1958-1978)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_ ... strel_Show
Which was obviously produced and broadcast in an era after the events of the "historical context" you refer to.
The show's premise began to be seen as offensive on account of its portrayal of blacked-up characters behaving in a stereotypical manner. A petition against it was received by the BBC in 1967, and since cancellation it has come to be seen more widely as an embarrassment, despite its popularity at the time.
In my personal opinion, the notion of "political correctness" is a red herring that some people use to attack the underlying motivations of those who object to things like blackface skits. It's pretty easy to fling the accusation of "PC" against someone who objects to an offensive remark about race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. I figured someone here would use the term eventually.retrofuturist wrote:Something must have happened in the 30 years since the Black And White Minstrel Show... the question is, is it some kind of enlightenment regarding race, or is it rampant political correctness?
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