Wednesday 7 October 2009

What were they thinking?

I don't know what else to say.
'Jackson Jive' apologises for racist Hey Hey skit
THE frontman of a controversial black-face skit on Hey Hey It's Saturday has apologised, saying it is ironic he has been called racist, given his Indian background.
Following international outcry, Dr Anand Deva, a prominent Sydney-based plastic surgeon, went public and said the Jackson Jive act on the show's popular Red Faces segment last night was not meant to cause offence, but he admitted he would not have performed it in the US.
"Clearly, all of us want to apologise. I mean we have offended some people no doubt, particularly Harry Connick Jr," he said.
If you must look, somebody has already Youtubed it (found by our pal Bob Morales)



Anonymous Michael Evans said...

The matter discussed at length this evening on ABC current affairs show Q&A

8 October 2009 at 07:45:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Chris Brown said...

Hey i think they should be fired because they are stupid for doing that skit than they should be sued...

8 October 2009 at 15:07:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Johnny Walker said...

Holy crap. What a scary country. A sea of white faces looking on with smiles. Good on Harry Connick Jr. for at least saying how unacceptable it was. How about the show apologises to the black and native communities of Australia. I guess they just don't count -- but hey, "there's a lot of colour on that show". *thud*

8 October 2009 at 17:10:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

public apologies are all over the news this morning. cameras at the airport getting Harry's final words on the matter, etc etc.

8 October 2009 at 17:15:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Johnny Walker said...

It's weird how everyone is concerned with what Harry Connick Jr. thinks. It seems like the headlines should say "Beloved American Offended by Bad Comedy - Prime Minister Asks for Forgiveness, Signed CDs".

That Q&A video did nothing to cleanse my palate, either. (I'm particularly disappointed with Germaine Greer's wishy-washy responses, and saddened that the one victim of discrimination on the panel clearly felt too shy(?) to speak more openly.)

That's not to say the UK (my country) doesn't have its race problems, it most definitely does, but it's sad to see that the majority of people in both those studio audiences didn't think this way actually anything to get upset about.

8 October 2009 at 17:47:00 GMT-5  

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