The Most Offensive Video Ever?

From the final episode of one of the most beloved shows ever produced by the BBC. This is what crushed the competition back in 1978. Though for some reason it never caught on in the States it achieved an international following and led to stage versions that toured for years coming in to the West End for seasonal engagements.

Offensive? Undoubtedly. It was a nightmare then and has not improved with age. Most offensive? Look at that choreography! Dear God, have we learned nothing from Michael Kidd?

(Check out Pippa around the 27 mark working her way out of the chorus. One longs to reach back into the past to tell her: Darling, that’s not how it’s done.)

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Great to see chorus girl dancers who don’t look like concentration camp survivors. The featured dancer suddenly started moving as if she plotched herself around 1:45. Benedick, you got the story on that?

@FlyingChainSaw: Her feet seemed to get in the way of her dancing. She was clearly trained in the Tits Up school of modern dance.

BTW. This masterpiece was known as The Black and White Minstrel Show. /Pause/. Honest.

Around 1:45 yes, that seemed true. Better she should have held her hands behind her head, humped her hips savagely while catwalking forward and waving her tongue at the camera.

The guys in the clip reminded me of a toy figuring a colleague brought back from Russia that was sort of a generic representation of an oppressed American ethnic. It was a male figure in cinema-style American Indian dress – with black, really jet-black, skin and African facial features.

@FlyingChainSaw: I feel sorry for the horse/donkey. Or honkey.

Remember, she’s English. We don’t do that sort of thing. Not on the BBC at least.

@FlyingChainSaw: Interesting thing about “I Walked With a Zombie” the other night. The black people in the closeup shots had lighter skin, while those in the background were much darker except for a zombie in a garden night shot toward the end of the movie.

Fucking annoying Google+ buttons be gone.

@JNOV: I saw one in passing…

Problem is, they really slow down pageloads, and after I spent substantial time under the hood recoding the site to make it snappier. I wouldn’t mind otherwise, but I don’t see how their benefit offsets their annoyance.

Besides, only geeks use +1 anyway.

@JNOV: I am filled with admiration re

(;,,;)

I love it!

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