Australian Variety Show does a blackface routine in front of guest judge Harry Connick Jr. He is not amused. (youtube.com)

202 ups - 59 downs = 143 votes

101 comments submitted at 12:50:45 on Jan 26, 2014 by MonsterDown

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  • baken_and_eggs
  • -14 Points
  • 17:00:47, 26 January

Im from Australia and watched this when it was live, but here no one cared at all. Yeah can see how it may piss someone off but for real get over it.

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  • gapteethinyourmouth
  • 3 Points
  • 19:50:27, 26 January

The way you racist fucks have treated and continue to treat Aborigines, I'm not surprised.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stolen_Generations

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  • mikesicle
  • 6 Points
  • 17:01:29, 26 January

Your ignorance is astounding.

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  • baken_and_eggs
  • -10 Points
  • 17:06:56, 26 January

Not from Australia?

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  • mikesicle
  • -2 Points
  • 17:13:19, 26 January

If you dont think that is racist, and youre ok with that message being broadcast across your country, Im glad you live on a water-locked desert in the middle of the ocean.

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  • spykr
  • 2 Points
  • 17:18:01, 26 January

Says the guy from the country who held minstrels that supposedly make this racist in the first place... We don't have that history or context in Australia.

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  • mikesicle
  • -1 Points
  • 17:28:40, 26 January

So that makes it ok? You think any black people in Australia are cool with this? The world laughs at you.

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  • Porrick
  • 3 Points
  • 18:43:33, 26 January

Actually, most of the world is pretty fucking racist.

I've lived in Ireland, England, California, Austria, Germany, and the Bahamas, and spent a fair amount of time in a dozen other countries. Some places are better than others, but in most places it seemed like it was perfectly socially acceptable to say toe-curlingly racist stuff. Austria and Italy were the worst, but that's probably only because I've never been to Russia, China, or Japan (I've heard some stories though).

I don't really know much about Australian race relations beyond what I saw in Romper Stomper and Rabbit Proof Fence, so my data there are probably a bit out of date.

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  • spykr
  • -1 Points
  • 17:31:01, 26 January

I never said anything like that, you're just shouting like what they did was inherently racist when it's only racist to you because of the history of your country. Learn to see through the eyes of a different culture.

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  • mikesicle
  • -1 Points
  • 17:35:44, 26 January

You are an idiot. Painting your face black and parading around acting like an idiot is racism in ANY country. Im not going to learn to see through the eyes of racists, just like I wouldnt see through the eyes of a Nazi. You know, killing jews is just their culture I should lighten up.

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  • spykr
  • 1 Points
  • 17:39:32, 26 January

Okay :)

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  • baken_and_eggs
  • 1 Points
  • 17:41:52, 26 January

I guess he doesn't want to play knifey spoons?

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  • HevosenPaskanSyojae
  • -4 Points
  • 17:33:38, 26 January

That's just what you muricans think, and that's the reason you are the laughing stock of the world, are you really not aware of this?

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  • mikesicle
  • 1 Points
  • 17:34:26, 26 January

Im not proud of what my country does to make us a laughing stock. I dont sit here and defend outdated stereotypes and blatant racism.

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  • HevosenPaskanSyojae
  • 1 Points
  • 17:44:37, 26 January

That's just it, you can't even try to comprehend that the world doesn't revolve around the cultural background of usa.

What's seemed racist in the us, for a good reason, is not seen racist in a totally different culture because they don't have the same historical background. The history of usa is not the history of the whole world. And the fact that most Americans seem to think so, is really ignorant and arrogant, and it really pisses people in other countries off.

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  • mikesicle
  • 1 Points
  • 17:54:12, 26 January

See thats what you say, but you are the one who cant comprehend that what you do is seen as racist everywhere. Racism isnt part of culture. You put squinty eyed glasses on and jump around with buckteeth, its racist no matter where you are. Making fun of a race, especially classic dark black facepaint, is racism. It perpetuates that black people are stupid and are a joke no matter where you are. Brits and aussies are so open with their racism its astounding.

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  • gapteethinyourmouth
  • 0 Points
  • 19:51:59, 26 January

Don't have that context? Really? You're either ignorant or a liar.

http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/arts/black-face-minstrel-shows