Aaah. Blackface. The politically incorrect assumption that it is perfectly acceptable to just “blacken up” for a role.
Al Jolsen made it famous back in the day. That day was like 70 years ago though…but here in South Africa it is common today as it was…er during apartheid.
We have two particular examples here in South Africa. Whilst doing a spot of blackface, they also feel the need to do it in drag too.
How the Outsurance adverts were approved by their board astounds me. Here is a man doing an appaling impression of all the negative stereotypes possible. I dont know him, nor am I bothered about how good an actor he is/isnt or that he wrote all the work himself…I personally find the Dolores character offensive for many reasons.
But I can see why they felt that it wasnt that much of an issue. When the most successfull movie maker in South African history insists on it in pretty much every role. I find it all about as funny as a man dressed in drag for a stag night asking me to feel his tits and feeling hilarious for it all. Wankers
So if its ok for Leon…It seems to be ok for insurance companies too.
So here lies the problem. What do we do with this kind of shite. At a bare minimum its just rubbish. Looked into a bit deeper and its a bit more sinister. I would love to hear some opionions of how black South African’s feel watching this shite.
South African comedians have been making a good tidy profit out of racism for what seems like forever. We have quite a culture of comedians paryoding other cultures. It is hack, it is unpleasant, and sadly. it is still rife in the industry.
We have an act here in SA who goes by the name of Kevin Perkins. He has a character he calls Michael Naicker.
We have another gentleman doing comedy on 5fm. He goes by the twitter name of @malytyren He parodies the “Coloured” community, but I have the sneakiest suspicion that he is in fact white. Does that not make it a little culturally insensitive by a major broadcaster? I wonder.