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    The irony of people on an MJ board claiming that there’s nothing racist about a blackface performance when it’s supposed to be a joke.
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    Plus I agree with Hess that there was no racist motivations behind it most probably, which should be also an important factor.
    I just think it was a neutral/innocent idea to impersonate someone who happened to be Chris Rock for some reason (maybe he impersonated more celebs and Rock was among them), that's why it's without racist intent and not because it was a joke. How in 2000 SNL thought that blackface is a good idea, or how it went unnoticed at the time is a different question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozemouze View Post
    I just think it was a neutral/innocent idea to impersonate someone who happened to be Chris Rock for some reason (maybe he impersonated more celebs and Rock was among them), that's why it's without racist intent and not because it was a joke. How in 2000 SNL thought that blackface is a good idea, or how it went unnoticed at the time is a different question.
    I wasn’t directly referring to your comment, it was more of a general remark.

    In 2000, not everyone was on the internet like we are today. I’d guess that many people were upset, but back then they just didn’t have a public voice. Minorities are underrepresented in the entertainment industry, that’s how these “innocent” jokes make it through the whole process including brainstorming, script writing, casting, costumes & make-up, and rehearsals without anyone ever thinking that it might perhaps not be the best idea. After all, it was not a spontaneous remark. This was planned and rehearsed.

    That’s why I brought up Spike Lee’s film “Bamboozled” earlier in this thread. When it came out in 2000, it was largely dismissed as something that’s no longer relevant – while Jimmy Fallon happily plays a blackface sketch in the same year.
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    I really wish they wouldn't call it African American but from an African descent or just black. either way thanks for their out put.



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