7 comments on “Are You Being Served…In Blackface?

  1. Oh, my. I don’t remember that episode either. I remember all the fuss when Ted Danson did it so I guess I can understand why some stations chose not to air it.

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  2. Ha, ha, ha! You’re all to young to remember, but until recently, no one found anything wrong with white people in blackface — remember Al Jolson?
    I’m not excusing it, I’m just sayin….

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  3. As Randy sort of says, I think you’re forgetting how long ago this show was made. I watched the original run as a kid in the 70s and “golliwog” toys were still very popular; Robertsons jam still had the Golly emblem and were giving away / selling golly-themed merchandise etc.
    There was a lot of stuff went on in the 70s that wouldn’t happen now. Just be glad these are more enlightened times…

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  4. I’m sorta torn between “They should have known better!” and “Well, it WAS 27 years ago…” It’s just hard to believe that in 1981 someone thought it would be hi-larious for the cast to do this. (The joke, of course, was that Mr. Grace’s ancestors were black. Har-har!)

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  5. And 10 years after this post… I have just seen this episode for the first time. I’ve only recently started watching the series, and I adore a lot of the characters, humor, and stories. However, this episode really reminded of how long ago this series was filmed. All of the original cast are now gone. I applaud Miss Brahms for not wearing the makeup though, that really stood out to me.

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