Sammy Davis Jr.'s Daughter Kindly Asks Twitter to Leave Billy Crystal Alone

I mean, of all the things bringing down that Oscar intro, Twitter jumped on this? "'I am 100 percent certain that my father is smiling. [...] Billy previously played my father when he was alive, and my father gave Billy his full blessing,' she continues, noting that Saturday Night Live gave the imitation 'legendary status.' [... Tracey] Davis, now 50, does however take issue with using the word 'blackface,' attributing the term born in the 1800s to describe white actors in makeup playing black characters, to early film stars such as Al Jolson, not Crystal, per se." [THR]



Comments

  • The Cantankerist says:

    Yeah, not sure what the fuss was suddenly about here - Crystal's Sammy Davis Jr impression has been in almost every one of his Oscar skits. And while I don't think "blackface" is a term completely outdated (let's not open that Jackson Jive can of boot polish again), Crystal's impression hardly applies - it's obviously affectionate and devoid of race ridicule.

    The sooner everyone in the media realises that Twitter isn't a news source - and that wrongheaded outrage isn't in itself a significant event - the better off we'll all be. There's a difference between representative journalism and this pathological desperation to rush a megaphone to the Nitwit Cabal.

    • S.T. VanAirsdale says:

      There's a difference between representative journalism and this pathological desperation to rush a megaphone to the Nitwit Cabal.

      [Thunderous applause]

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