So there’s this Australian comedian named Chris Lilley. He’s had several shows on TV and his whole shtick is creating a cast of characters and playing them all himself.
So there’s this Australian comedian named Chris Lilley. He’s had several shows on TV and his whole shtick is creating a cast of characters and playing them all himself. Over the years this has included a bitchy schoolgirl, a “troubled” Samoan kid, a gay, an AZN mum and various others. His last series, Summer Heights High, was so successful that HBO gave him a bag of money and told him to make something the U.S. market could enjoy. He put on black make-up, wrote a shit song and came back with S.Mouse, a pastiche of black American rappers. Lilley is white.
The thing is, most Australians don’t see anything wrong with this. Scan the comments of every newspaper article and you’ll find hundreds of white people furiously typing “not racist” and “I’m not offended” and “Blackface for t3h lulz.”
Since the SBTVC commenters are known for their measured and thoughtful responses, I wanted to throw this one open:
Is S.Mouse racist? Is Australia full of assholes?
The guy’s (embarrassingly shit) single recently debuted at #37 in the local charts, so apparently this type of thing is still considered okay here to some extent.