Recently (October 6th, to be exact), there was a reunion show of an Australian broadcast called Hey Hey It’s Saturday. Imagine a Down Under version of the Gong Show. Making a 20th anniversary appearance are a group that call themselves “the Jackson Jive”. Here they are:
If you watched until the end, which I could not on my first or second attempts, you see Harry Connick Jr, one of the celebrity judges, expressing his outrage at the blackface mimicry of the Jackson Five.
It is difficult, as someone who has now spent their entire adult working life trying to educate people about the profound racism perpetuated in the popular media, to find a simple way to express my anger at this performance. In fact, I typically take for granted that such buffoonery lies on the other side of the line most people would draw between unacceptable and entertaining. But it appears that the host of Hey Hey, its producers, at least half the studio audience, 80% of the 3,000 surveyed viewers of the show, and that witless woman judge all need a rapid injection of knowledge and basic human decency.