Friday, April 10, 2009

Video stress..

It's been raining all week here in O-Town,so my first inclination for this Friday's music video was to play 'April Showers' by one of my favorite crooners,..Al Jolson.
..I love the guy!

But the only best version I could find,and after some brief introspection, I finally deemed inappropriate due to the fact that he performed it in 'Blackface'.
Maybe I over think things too much..I mean,..that was then,and this now,and I'm not sure political correctness should determine whether or not I post a heartwarming tune,just because it happens to be performed by a middle-aged Jewish guy disguised as a black man.

It's the white man's dilemma,..I suppose.

In any case,..I decided to let a blind Hispanic kid represent my soggy situation for me in its stead.

I am much more than pleased with the result!

'Ain't no sunshine'

It's Friday,..and life is soaked to the skin in Sling's Domain.

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At 1:10 PM , Blogger Willym said...

Political correctness has become a bit of a dilemma for most of us. How can we change the past, particularly when its frozen on film or vinyl?

Like the alternate but would have loved to see the original choice.

At 1:12 PM , Blogger sageweb said...

Hmmm I cant see nuthin. Happy flippin friday tho..have a drink for me.

At 1:57 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Willym- I just wanna be a good person.
Sometimes,I'm not exactly sure what that is.
But I do know this!..Blackface,on a good day,is a bizarre stereotypical characterization.
I mean,..damm.

Sage- Al would've gotton a kick out of your comment!
Did you know his signature tag line was,'You ain't seen nuthin' yet'?..
Happy Friday doll! :)

At 4:57 PM , Blogger rosemary said...

i love, love Jose him. i actually like his version of Light My Fire better than the Doors. Rain coming here probably at fault for that...blame it all on California.

At 5:01 PM , Blogger sageweb said...

Now I can see the was my work is old...because it is way better to build state of the art technological advanced flying machines on computers that need need an hour to warm up before you can use them.

At 6:35 PM , Blogger Miss Healthypants said...

Sorry you've had so much rain, Sling-o! Here it's just been sun...and 20 mph winds making it feel like 35 degrees. Ya' gotta love April...

At 6:50 PM , Blogger booda baby said...

I have a really good comment to leave, only I can't remember the word that means kind of a glitch in historical context. What's that word? What IS IT?!?!?!?!?!???!?

Anyway. I like that Al Jolson and if my vote alone counted, I'd say: it's what it was. History judges him, not you for digging up a video. (Some day, someone will say that about footage of Bush getting whacked with the shoe.)

At 11:32 PM , Blogger yellowdog granny said...

i think everyone should wear black face..then we'd all be black and be brothers and sisters..but then what the f to i know..?
we're going to get rain on easter..

At 5:15 AM , Blogger Doralong said...

I love Jose. Sorry you're drowning too- it's right damp here on the right coast too.

At 5:30 AM , Blogger Random Thinker said...

Stay dry and warm and have a Happy Easter Sling.

At 9:12 AM , Blogger billy pilgrim said...

i once dated a middle aged jewish guy disguised as a black chick.

it made me quit drinking for 2 weeks.

At 11:25 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This made me think of a question: When a white actor plays Barack Obama on Saturday Night Live by wearing dark makeup, is that blackface?

At 10:38 PM , Blogger Middle Child said...

I think that there are too many rules these days...just treat others regardless of age, race or sex as you want to be treated...which doesn't mean turn the other cheek... just don't go looking for it...or cause it...did mum and dad okay


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