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Comedians BYU Black History Video Goes Viral
sanluisobispo.com ^ | AP

Posted on 02/22/2012 5:01:32 PM PST by AnTiw1

A YouTube video of a white comedian who painted his face black and quizzed Brigham Young University students about Black History Month has brought some unwanted attention to the Mormon-run school. Observers have called some student responses ignorant while others criticized the comedian's use of the 19th century theater technique considered racially offensive by black people.

(Excerpt) Read more at sanluisobispo.com ...


TOPICS: Humor; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: byu
' BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins told the Salt Lake Tribune that officials at the school, which is run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, were disappointed by some of the remarks and said they don't represent the more than 30,000 students enrolled there. She also said some students complained the editing was selective and perhaps manipulative.

Others criticized the comedian's use of blackface, which was popular in 19th century "minstrel shows" that caricatured blacks. "The kids are extremely naive, and Ackerman exploits that," Darron Smith, a former BYU professor, who is black, told the Tribune. "Where it went south was the use of blackface. He doesn't understand how offensive it is." '

http://m.youtube.com/watch?gl=US&hl=en&client=mv-google&v=XGeMy-6hnr0

1 posted on 02/22/2012 5:01:40 PM PST by AnTiw1
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To: AnTiw1

I think the video has been pulled

I can’t pull it up


2 posted on 02/22/2012 5:08:26 PM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: AnTiw1

Could it possibly have been staged?


3 posted on 02/22/2012 5:09:03 PM PST by 1raider1
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To: AnTiw1

Great, 3 things I could care less about; BYU, Black History Month and comedians.


4 posted on 02/22/2012 5:10:39 PM PST by atomic_dog
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To: AnTiw1
this is al jolson with and without 'blackface' makeup as theyused in minstrel shows 100yrs ago


5 posted on 02/22/2012 5:12:23 PM PST by AnTiw1
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To: AnTiw1
I got about two thirds through it before bailing.

He forgot the first rule of comedy.

6 posted on 02/22/2012 5:16:25 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Pontiac
its working for me

but the net is moving like sludge right now

least where i am...

anyway, i didn't find it that offensive...but greater minds will judge

7 posted on 02/22/2012 5:20:03 PM PST by AnTiw1
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To: AnTiw1

It may have gone viral, however it was also poorly down, and zero humor. I was able to watch only about one minute.


8 posted on 02/22/2012 5:20:47 PM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: Pontiac

Don’t worry, it was awful.


9 posted on 02/22/2012 5:21:46 PM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: 1raider1

“Could it possibly have been staged?”

Fake Hate Crime at Harvard?
John on January 6, 2011 at 9:33 am

Every time a splashy new hate crime happens on a college campus, you can’t help but remember all the previous hate crimes that turned out to be fakes. Last month, someone apparently urinated on a collection of books related to gay marriage at the Harvard library. It was immediately investigated as a possible hate crime. Now the investigation has revealed that a library staffer “accidentally” spilled a bottle of urine on the books:

it was revealed Monday morning that “our own library personnel” had accidentally spilled a bottle, containing what was reported to be urine, that had been found on the shelf

Yeah, you know, that sort of thing happens all the time. Wait, what…? A university spokesman is as puzzled as I am:

Faculty of Arts and Sciences spokesman Jeff Neal wrote in an e-mail that it remains unclear why a bottle of urine was stowed in the library, adding that the spill was reported by the library employee—the same person who caused the spill, according to his understanding—and cleaned up the same day that it occurred.

Why that reminds me of just the other day when I visited my local library with a fresh stool sample and, well, I can’t say more as the situation is still under investigation. But trust me, s#@t happens.

http://www.verumserum.com/?p=20376


10 posted on 02/22/2012 5:28:47 PM PST by jessduntno ("Newt Gingrich was part of the Reagan Revolution's Murderers' Row." - Jeffrey Lord, Reagan Admin.)
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To: AnTiw1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeixtYS-P3s

Morgan Freeman isn’t fond of black history month.


11 posted on 02/22/2012 5:28:47 PM PST by E Rocc (November 2, 2010: The beginning of the end of the kleptocracy.)
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To: Pontiac
Key words are your friend.
12 posted on 02/22/2012 5:30:38 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: AnTiw1
Kids will be kids.

And now for some music

Pumped Up Kicks

"All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet."

13 posted on 02/22/2012 5:31:01 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: AnTiw1

If offensive things did not exist, it would be necessary to invent them.


14 posted on 02/22/2012 5:33:29 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the fascists.)
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To: AnTiw1
It's surprising that it isn't a "hate crime" for a white person to put on make-up to appear black. Of course there would have to be an exemption for "Saturday Night Live."

The black students didn't do any better than the white students at knowing the right answers to the questions.

If they sent a Mormon student of Polynesian ancestry to a historically-black college and started asking the students questions about Mormonism, I wonder how well informed the students would be. Would they be able to identify any Mormon past or present?

15 posted on 02/22/2012 5:36:46 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Pontiac

I don’t see why it would “go viral”. It just wasn’t very good. I think I got about halfway and decided not to waste any more time on it.


16 posted on 02/22/2012 5:42:14 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: AnTiw1
yeah...A white guy painting his face black is offensive.....


17 posted on 02/22/2012 5:44:04 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Dallas59

Hey. You have to admit one thing. Name one other country where a poor black kid could grow up to be a rich white women.


18 posted on 02/22/2012 5:49:16 PM PST by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: AnTiw1
i grew up mormon and i knew the byu students would be sheltered

i was a teenager before i met a black person

i also knew it would provoke some reactions here

so there you go

19 posted on 02/22/2012 6:00:32 PM PST by AnTiw1
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To: AnTiw1

Man, the women at BYU make me almost want to go back to college. They are SO MUCH BETTER than the typical drugged-out feminists at most colleges.

As to the “blackface”, it wasn’t (look up blackface). He did darken his skin somewhat.

Here is link with an embedded video that works. Scroll down to the end of the story.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2099693/YouTube-video-comedian-Dave-Akerman-blackface-asking-Mormon-students-Brigham-Young-University-Black-History-Month-sparks-accusations-racism.html


20 posted on 02/22/2012 6:10:59 PM PST by BobL (I don't care about his past - Santorum will BRING THE FIGHT to Obama)
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To: AnTiw1

He doesn’t understand how offensive it is.”

Frankly Scarlett there is way to much “being offended” going on here.

I’m offended, NOT, by the congressional black caucus, just as others might really be offended by a congressional white caucus.

Every living black who can trace their history back to black Africa, ought to thank God they live in this country and be willing to proclaim themselves American. Any other thought isn’t IMHO based in reality. You want to live in the past and flagellate others for perceived wrongs have at it, but it sure won’t be a productive effort.


21 posted on 02/22/2012 6:28:44 PM PST by wita
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To: BobL
they had an article on fr a few days ago about a young man whomade himself the moral police and gave a gal at byu a note telling her to dress more conservatively

so she took a picture of herself and put it online to prove she wasnt dressed provocatively

she was so...cute...dam and double dam...

almost made me want to go back to lds...

but not quite

gotta save what little sanity i have left

22 posted on 02/22/2012 6:33:44 PM PST by AnTiw1
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To: atomic_dog
Great, 3 things I could care less about...

How much less?

23 posted on 02/22/2012 6:56:47 PM PST by TankerKC (Welcome to the age of "I Meant to Do That" Diplomacy)
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To: AnTiw1

“almost made me want to go back to lds...”

No kidding...but I do respect LDS immensely for their prepper work.


24 posted on 02/22/2012 7:11:51 PM PST by BobL (I don't care about his past - Santorum will BRING THE FIGHT to Obama)
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To: PA Engineer

Name one other country where a poor black kid could grow up to be a rich white woman who sleeps with young boys.

/fixed it.

Come to think of it...

Name one other country where a halfrican child of a communist white mother and an african muslim father could grow up to screw America!


25 posted on 02/22/2012 11:40:35 PM PST by Yehuda
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To: Yehuda

Yep.


26 posted on 02/22/2012 11:53:07 PM PST by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: AnTiw1
Let's see, it is offensive for white people to paint their faces black, but perfectly ok for black actors, such as Eddie Murphy, to paint their faces white(actually much more than paint)in movies. Wasn't their also a movie called "White Girls" in which two black males portrayed them selves as two white girls? Nothing offensive about that though.

Kinda tired of everything being on a one way street.

27 posted on 02/23/2012 12:49:02 AM PST by calex59
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To: calex59

The Wayans brothers did that movie. From what little “outrage” I could find was from the hollywierd types. Well they were gettin back at the white folk for performing in black face all those years before that.
Where’s “Rage Boy” when you need him.?


28 posted on 02/25/2012 3:18:52 PM PST by BigpapaBo (If it don't kill you it'll make you _________!)
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