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Desc:There has to be a context into which this isn't offensive in every possible way. I'm not seeing it.
Category:Classic Movies, Educational
Tags:Blackface, busby berkeley, Eddie Cantor, Roman Scandals
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cognitivedissonance - 2008-11-13
Oh, right. 1933. I see the context now.
cognitivedissonance - 2008-11-13
Also: Is there any wonder that Busby Berkeley was the darling of Kenneth Anger, Anton Lavey and that crowd of 60s occultist? You've got the whole shmeer here. Dig the ritualistic cult-like behavior of the women, the sacrificial death of Eddie Cantor and the rebirth of him via baptism.

Weiiiiiiiiirrrrrrrrrrrd, man.

cognitivedissonance - 2008-11-14



lordpotato - 2008-11-13
Boy, ancient romans sure were tan.
zatojones - 2008-11-14
Except around the mouth

CharlesSmith - 2008-11-13
And what, exactly, is offensive about a man in blackface singing about how only beautiful women are loved? Singing blackface man too REAL for you?
HURF BLURF DUH - 2008-11-13
No. Time is no excuse for this.
IrishWhiskey - 2008-11-13
That negro is extremely superficial and sexist.
Randroid - 2008-11-14
here let me show u this power point presentaion i made on someting i like to call "reverse racism "

baleen - 2008-11-13

How the hell did this movie dodge the Hays Code in every possible way...
UnderANeonHalo - 2008-11-13
This was made in 1933, the code wasn't actually enforced until 34.

wtf japan - 2008-11-14
I love this video without qualification, and I hate myself for it.
Rudy - 2008-11-14
Hey, it's a catchy tune!

Goofy Gorilla - 2008-11-14
I think it says a lot about our current society that the terrible racism in this clip registers much more strongly on the "what the Hell is going on?" scale than mere offensiveness.
Killer Joe - 2008-11-14
So here's my theory:
He's supposed to be a minstrel eunuch (or were black men generally portrayed to be harmless enough to be singing to naked white women?) in the service of the baths, but it turns out he's a fully-balled white man.
Thus... he was shrunk by the Nubian servant girls.
This is so awesome.
Caminante Nocturno - 2008-11-14
Everything made in the 30's tells me it was a Hellish nightmare to live in.
NoCode - 2008-11-16
Wow. It gets more and more...like itself.
imairlax - 2008-11-16
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Busby Berkeley - 2008-12-06
I was solid drunk from '27 to '34. I don't remember a thing.
The Mothership - 2018-10-12
Buncha prudes, this is funny.
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