So Hey Hey it’s Saturday has been gracing our screens again on a Wednesday night. Odd night for the show’s name, I know, but unfortunately that’s not what we’re here to talk about today. As you would have already guessed today’s Puff is about Harry Connick Jr and the Red Faces act that is currently making headlines around the World. Yes, around THE WORLD.
In case you missed it, check out the clip below:
So of course I have an opinion on this and of course I’m going to tread very lightly. I am not a black person, nor have I ever lived in America and witnessed the prejudice that black people still face on a daily basis in some parts of the USA.
We had actually flicked over onto Hey Hey when Red Faces was on and I saw the skit, rolled my eyes and moved on. Then watching back the footage this morning I took note of Harry Connick Jr’s face. He looked quite shocked. He had every right to bring up his opinion on the skit and thankfully an apology was given on air, and it wasn’t swept under the carpet.
Having said all that, I’m slightly struggling on where I sit with this. I believe that the people performing the skit never meant to offend anyone and were clearly replicating the skit they performed on the show some 20 years ago. My initial thoughts were that the skit was more in poor taste towards Michael Jackson and his family rather than a racial issue, but now having thought about, I wonder if it was necessary for the guys to paint their faces black?
A good point was made on Sunrise this morning – would we be discussing this if a black person had painted their face white and danced around stage? Who knows. Probably not.
Unfortunately the international media attention isn’t painting our country in a very good light. I’ve always held the opinion that Australia in general is a very tolerant and multicultural country. So what is the real issue here? That a ‘white’ group performed a Jackson 5 number in general? Or the fact that their faces were painted black?
Ultimately I think Hey Hey is really passed its used-by-date. It wasn’t a show that I LOVED but as a family we all watched it at 6.30pm on a Saturday night. I was quite happy for it stay as show that I used watch as kid all those years ago. And I bet the now red faced Jackson 5 guys are also wishing their skit had been left in the past.
What do you think?