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Friday, February 6, 2009

Memory Lane

I remembered this commercial:




I could finish this song:




Dialect humor was screamingly funny in the Golden Age of Radio -- surviving, like the minstrel show, into the 50s and 60s. Depicting race is not the same as racism. Neither is exploiting the conventions of stereotype. And there is a difference between race and culture, which fact is one of the great beauties of America. Even so, we might not be overly-sensitive if we note an undercurrent here:




But what else should we expect, when we encounter something as utterly astounding as ... this:



The wonderment isn't how we have survived as a species. It's why we'd want to.


J

2 comments:

Will C. said...

That's the voice of Mel Blanc in the second video. A cross between Speedy and Bugs no doubt.

Jack H said...

Yep. Do you remember it?