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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
Submitted:cognitivedissonance
Date:11/13/08
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cognitivedissonance
Oh, right. 1933. I see the context now.
cognitivedissonance
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
OH SHI-

ANNIE LENNOX DID A REMAKE OF THIS!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrpHbTZ_jL8

lordpotato
Boy, ancient romans sure were tan.
zatojones
Except around the mouth

CharlesSmith
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
No. Time is no excuse for this.
IrishWhiskey
That negro is extremely superficial and sexist.
Randroid
here let me show u this power point presentaion i made on someting i like to call "reverse racism "

baleen

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

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

Goofy Gorilla
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
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
Everything made in the 30's tells me it was a Hellish nightmare to live in.
NoCode
Wow. It gets more and more...like itself.
imairlax
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