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One way of testing responsible opinion would be for the BBC to send the Black and White Minstrels book and the coloured Radio Times front cover of them to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Urban League, and ask for their opinion. The Minstrels also had a theatrical show at the Victoria Palace Theatre, produced by Robert Luff, [4] which ran for 6,477 performances from 1962 to 1972, and established itself in The Guinness Book of Records as the stage show seen by the largest number of people.

Throughout May and June of 1967, discussions of minstrelsy and blacking up were repeatedly discussed in the press as practices that were both traditional in Britain and not ‘about race’. In a 1971 episode of The Two Ronnies, a musical sketch, "The Short and Fat Minstrel Show", was performed as a parody of The Black and White Minstrel Show, featuring spoofs of various songs. IMPORTANT : Please note that we use third party images in most of our listings, so the image you see may not be of the actual item you are purchasing.

Earlier criticism had been voiced in Flamingo , a magazine aimed at Black and Asian readers, which argued in 1961 that the show was trading in harmful stereotypes. An episode of the BBC comedy series The Goodies (" Alternative Roots"), spoofed the positive reception of The Black and White Minstrel Show, suggesting that any programme could double its viewing figures by being performed in blackface, and mentioning that a series of The Black and White Minstrel Show had been tried without make up. For CDs Grading does not include Jewel case as these are replaceable - however any badly damaged Jewel cases will be replaced. It’s all very well people who are not black saying ‘I didn’t think about it that way’”, he told them, “it’s the people who are black” whose views surely needed to be taken into account. accompanied by minstrel singers in blackface ("Mississippi, it's the state you've gotta choose / Where we hate all the darkies and the Catholics and the Jews / Where we welcome any man / Who is strong and white and belongs to the Ku Klux Klan").

Adam’s reply came back accusing Thorne of “arrant nonsense”: the show, Adam argued, belonged to that “perfectly honourable theatrical tradition of the British music hall”. The Minstrels sang and danced as a group, often on sets styled like the Southern United States, and always with a smile. Subsequent efforts by the BBC to introduce the Mitchell Minstrels without blackface in two variety programmes failed, while blacking up and the Minstrels persisted on British screens well beyond 1967. and dramas such as 1956’s A Man from the Sun, took so little account of the offence caused by white performers blacking-up their faces on a peak-time TV show. BBC officials gave interviews to The Times, The Daily Mail, and The Daily Mirror stating that ‘the show is not about race’, but ‘tradition’.Records that aren't in picture sleeves will either be in a company sleeve or a generic plain sleeve.

The BBC says that the Black and White Minstrels is "a traditional show enjoyed by millions for what it offers in good-hearted family entertainment". The BBC1 television programme was cancelled in 1978 as part of a reduction in variety programming (by this point, the blackface element had been reduced), [18] while the stage show continued. Within five years of the show's premiere on UK television, its portrayal of blacked-up characters behaving with stereotypical African American manners was already being observed by some as offensive and racist.A touring version toured continuously from 1960 until 1987, with a second company touring Australia and New Zealand from 1962 to 1965, 1969 to 1971, and 1978 to 1979. citation needed] At this time, the creation gained considerable international regard and was sold to over thirty countries; [ citation needed] in 1961, the show won a Golden Rose at Montreux for best light entertainment programme, and the first three albums of recordings (1960–1962) were all hits, the first two being long-running number 1 albums in the UK Albums Chart. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

Blacked-up white actors were also regularly hired to ‘pass’ as Black or Asian on film, largely due to beliefs that actors of colour had inferior acting skills. Blacking up continued to be a common form of entertainment for television audiences and local communities throughout the 20th century.Some have told me that they switch off the moment the show starts and then feel uncomfortable and miserable for the next 30 minutes. vague] The show continued for three years, [ citation needed] and the Australian and New Zealand box office records it set have never been broken.

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