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Harry Connick Jr. shocked by Australian talent show

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 8th 2009 2:33PM
Harry Connick Jr. is currently a judge on the Australian talent show Hey Hey It's Saturday, but he wasn't happy the other night. A group called "The Jackson Jive," several white guys in black makeup, appeared on the show and Connick gave them a "0" for the performance. The host tried to get him to change the score and then apologized to him for what happened. Connick said if he knew they were on he wouldn't have been on the show.

This isn't the first time they had been on the show, they actually appeared on the show in the '80s too. So is Connick right or was it just goofy funny and everyone's too PC now?

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cheeky490

Look it was rude and they should of nown that it would afend black people and at that moment mickle jackson died so it woulad afend the us but it was funny and i am sorry to the us that i giggled.

December 22 2009 at 1:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
louise kelly

Obviously America has issues to resolve with THEIR own people.
Seriously there was nothing wrong with the act, They were imitating the group.

THAT"S WHAT COMEDY IS ALL ABOUT :)

I Quote Phyillis Diller : Comedy usually comes from a slight tragedy.

October 12 2009 at 11:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RCR

America is currently a judge on Australian social politics. They've used a low rating, tv gong segment "Hey Hey It's Saturday,to judge an entire country on but Aussies aren't happy about it. They are pointing back at America's hypocrisy. A group called "Neo cons" several white guys in makeup, appeared on the world stage and the UN gave them a "0" for the performance. The host tried to get the world to change the score and America apologized to the world for what then happened. Australia said if they knew Americans lied they never would have been allied.

This isn't the first time they had been allies, they actually appeared allied in world war 1,2 and in Vietnam too. So is America right or was it just goofy funny and everyone's trying to deflect the attention away from America's racist war crimes against humanity now and deflect the attention away to other countries low rating tv shows now?

October 10 2009 at 7:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
a woodrow

Sorry James, the reply was not meant for you as I reckon you have made some pretty balanced comments.
It was meant for JOJEE but i messed up the reply function.

October 10 2009 at 6:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
a woodrow

yer ok...here we go.
We here in Oz are fed so much American dribble via TV that we know that comment is just rubbish about things that "wouldnt be aired here".
I mean for starters, go and watch Die Hard 3 (i think?) and tell me what Bruce Willis was wearing around his neck in the middle of Harlem at the start. We also see these ridiculous gangster movies where "coloured" fold are calling themselves (dare I say it?), the "N" word to each other- i mean what is that crap if it is such a culturally sensitive thing?
You would probably be the last person to understand "race relations" here but in terms of our "race relations", thank god we here in Oz can do a silly skit and then at the end we can have a beer TOGETHER and go home (and that happens all the time and the skits are aimed in ALL directions).
Maybe something like that happening in the US is a generation or 2 away but if it does happen, then you can truly be at peace with each other living together - at the moment it sounds like you are all walking around on eggshells and have this pent up guilt/agression or whatever that is a sad hangover from your recent history.

October 10 2009 at 6:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
James J.

My initial reaction I suppose was the same sort of knee-jerk horror that Americans get when we see blackface-- as a white man, it makes me think of racist barbarism and this country's horrible history of slavery. However, it is not America where this came from, and apparently these were not all white men. yes it was a bad act (intentionally), but I don't really think there was any true racist intent, and I do admire their audacity.

Recently I read a biography of Jack Benny. In the book he talked at one point about how vaudeville theater, especially at its roots in NY and Boston, had a great deal of ethnic humor, because the performers themselves were often from disparate ethnic backgrounds, and ethnic humor was not considered insulting, it was just open fodder for humor. You might have Polish people doing stereotypes of themselves, with Italians, Jews and Chinese laughing at them, or blacks playing Chinese, or whites playing blacks, or even blacks in blackface, and it was generally considered fair game because everybody was ok with it. After WWII, when the world found out about Hitler's Holocaust, the social environment changed and ethnic humor in the US became a no-no. In the book, Jack laments how performers like Al Jolson, who was largely considered the greatest performer in vaudeville, suddenly could not do what made them famous, regardless of whatever the intention was.

While I am conditioned to dislike blackface, I can't claim to understand the values of a culture I am not a part of, so I can't really fault these guys for doing something which in their land seems to be more of a joke about how dumb they themselves can act, rather than making fun of other peoples' ethnicity.

October 10 2009 at 4:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Soleman

Get A Seance Of Humor As Stop Trivializing Stuff.

October 12 2009 at 1:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tamara

a woodrow, I'm an Aussie, and all of those facts are correct. You are the very misinformed Aussie.

October 09 2009 at 11:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
a woodrow

This is a very sound and fair call and and probably we could benefit from an American history lesson.
I guess we are very proud and protective of our way of life and like any person, when our intentions are not malicious but honest and sincere and then we are chastised for it, our nationalist pride comes to the fore.
As Americans, I am sure you can relate to nationalist pride.

October 09 2009 at 11:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tamara

Australian's also like to use the "We're just laid back" excuse which is the most stupid excuse I've ever heard. Australia has the toughest censorship in the western world. The only western country that does not have an 18+ rating for video games(15+ is the highest); more movies banned in Australia than any other western country; amongst the toughest restrictions in the western countries on what can be printed in unrated publications(newspapers, etc.). Gay marriage is illegal in Australia(federal law) despite being legal in many European countries and some US states. Most states/terrorties in Australia(Victoria & the ACT are the only exceptions) have amongst the toughest abortion laws in the western world. That is not how laid back cultures operate. This act was pure racism.

October 09 2009 at 10:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Tamara

As an Australian I'm deeply saddened by the number of Australians who support this skit. Australia has been known around the world as being a racist country for over decade. This skit, and the defense that is made doesn't help at all. How can any intelligent Australian not have heard of blackface? It's extremely well known - I wasn't watching the show but my 11 year old daughter was and came to me and told me to look at the racists on the TV. Yes she's 11 and knows what blackface is and we have adult Aussies saying they've never heard of it. Even the performers said they would never have performed it in the US and even had a discussion if they should do it here. So they definitely knew all about it. The performers said they needed to don the blackface so they look like the Jacksons. That comment makes it worse. Their natural skin tone is closer to the Jacksons than blackface. And they could have easily worn naturally coloured dark makeup like is often done in movies/tv rather than blackface. And it's not just the US up in arms over this skit, the UK & France are as well. Australians look stupid when they use HCJ MadTV skit as an example - HCJ never ever wore blackface. Not even close. As an editorial in News Ltd papers this morning says(written by an Aussie), these guys are all doctors and asks if you want these kinds of people operating on you.

October 09 2009 at 10:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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