Harry Connick: Slams Australian TV Show & Their Jackson-5, Black Face Parody
Kudos to Harry Connick Jr. (and his handsome self) for standing up for African-American’s abroad.
ADELAIDE, Australia – An Australian variety show host has apologized for a skit in which singers parodying the Jackson Five performed in blackface.
American singer and actor Harry Connick Jr., who was serving as a guest judge on Wednesday night’s “Hey Hey It’s Saturday,” was visibly shocked by the skit, in which four men with afro wigs and blackface sang and danced behind a Michael Jackson impersonator wearing white makeup.
Connick, 42, gave the performance a zero score and told them that if it had been done in the United States it would have been pulled off the air.
Blackface was a traditional trope of minstrel shows in the U.S. that dates to the 19th century. Whites playing stock black characters — usually offensive stereotypes meant to demean — rubbed coal, grease or shoe polish on their faces. Blackface performances are not common in Australia.
But, probably not as much we are here in the US!
If Harry had said nothing, nothing would have been said.
Even British are outraged.
It’s the new shot heard around the world.