I love it when stuff like this happens and is covered by mainstream media channels. I saw this story on CNN a few mins ago. Harry Connick, Jr…I’m going to have to throw you some dollars on iTunes real soon. Your stock has gone up son.
Newsweek: Asked to appear on the Australian variety hour as a guest judge, Harry Connick Jr. sputters in disbelief when a Jackson 5 impersonation group entirely in blackface appears onstage. He first gives the group a 0 scorecard for the performance while the audience boos; later, at about 4:40 into the clip, Connick launches into an impassioned race-relations lecture explaining why blackface is a bad thing. “If I knew that was going to be a part of the show, I definitely wouldn’t have done it,” Connick declares on live TV. The host appears genuinely surprised.
Jackson Jive, huh? Who says “jive” anymore? I don’t know any black people who use that term anymore. It’s amazing that some white people (most of them writers in Hollywood, it seems) still think we use that slang. OH, and…um…how about you use BROWN face paint instead of JET BLACK!!!! I mean…if you used actual flesh tones you might have gotten a pass. Just saying.