Japan’s Blackface Comedy Sparks Anger
the top photo from : http://metro.co.uk/2018/01/03/japanese-tv-causes-outrage-bringing-new-year-blackface-7201682/
A Japanese TV programme has sparked accusations of racism and cultural insensitivity after a comedian painted his face to impersonate Eddie Murphy.
The New Year’s Eve show featured celebrity comic Hamada appearing in a Beverly Hills Cop skit with his face blacked up.
Using makeup to lampoon black people – a practice known as blackface – is seen by many to be deeply offensive.
I’m tired of hearing that Japan has provided such topics of racial discrimination to the world. How many times do I have to hear such topics? Apart from entertainers, politicians or so-called intellectuals have caused this kind of troubles many times so far.
Personally, I have not watched this New Year’s Eve comedy, but I understand that he did NOT intend racial discrimination. I am Japanese so I can understand the intentions of Japanese people.
But it will not be accepted to the world. Just painting your face black means that you despise the black people. You can’t do any excuses.
Indeed, I saw some uncomfortable tweets from a black man who has stayed in Japan for 13 years.
In connection with this, I imagine a nightmare that the blackfaced Japanese doo-wop group would perform at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. I think it would be possible in Japan.
Finally, Did the television station that aired this comedy get documented permission from Mr, Eddie Murphy? Otherwise, another problem may occur.
the photo from: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42561815
Originally written on Jan.5, 2018
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