Monday, December 22, 2008


The Black and White Minstrel Show was a British television series that ran from 1958 until 1978. It was a weekly light entertainment and variety show presenting traditional American minstrel and Country songs, as well as show and music hall numbers, usually performed in blackface, and with lavish costumes.

The show was first broadcast on the BBC on June 14, 1958. It was popular and soon developed into a regular 45 minute show on Saturday evenings, featuring both solo and minstrel pieces as well as "comedy interludes". Audiences regularly exceeded 18 million. While the show started off being broadcast in (genuine) black-and-white, the show was one of the very first to be moved to colour by the BBC in 1967.

In a move that should surprise no one, the show's premise began to be seen as offensive on account of its portrayal of blacked-up characters behaving in a stereotypical manner. A petition against it was received by the BBC in 1967, but the BBC1 TV show was not however cancelled until 1978. Since cancellation it has come to be seen more widely as an embarrassment, despite its popularity at the time. ( from wikipedia )

Black and White Minstrels...The wrestler known as "Sting"...Thank you for your time.

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