New TV Trend: Lethal Weapon Blackface

12.08.10 8 years ago 8 Comments

Earlier this season, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” aired an episode in which the gang makes Lethal Weapon 5, with Mac (Rob McElhenny) playing Murtaugh in blackface. And now the feat has been replicated on the BBC 3’s “How Not to Live Your Life.” The video is below, and I have to say, it’s pretty good. True to typical differences in British and American humor, the “Sunny” version is crazier and more off-the-wall, while “Life’s” is drier and more deadpan.

As popular as blackface may become on TV (who can forget Roger Sterling in blackface on “Mad Men”?), I feel compelled to point out that it still doesn’t work real life. I once went to a random Halloween party where I saw a white guy in blackface and a Michael Vick costume (it was when the dogfighting charges were in the news), and no one would even make eye contact with him. He may as well have worn a T-shirt that said “I HATE BLACK PEOPLE.”

(thanks to essequemodeia for the tip)

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