We are not racists, but … a winged message that subconsciously emerges from comments below tabloid articles that your face has a known voice you abandon the practice of black face, which refers to the corrupt entertainment style prevalent in the United States, in the nineteenth century, when white painted Their faces are black, they used to mock black slaves and paint their caricatures and “fallen” entertainment. Since black face is historically associated with slavery and colonialism, it is extremely offensive to blacks. And so, while in the third season of this popular show, we can see, for example, Markéta Konvičková in the role of Areth Franklin with dark makeup or Martin Dejdar as the singer of The Weeknd, in the current eighth grade, pictures of other races do without the “shoe polish” that hits By the proverb. Actor David Gránský is not identifiable as Jason Derulo, but his skin tone does not change.
In the mainstream media and popular newspapers, the insensitive black face theme in this show, which is based on the most idealistic tradition of famous singers, appeared in several waves. This has always happened in relation to a specific portrayal of a black (or Latin) artist. However, it was definitely not a topic that would arouse any interest to the Czech media scene. Thus, for example, in 2017, when TV Nova aired the third and fourth series, Blackface started Just speak, During the penultimate seventh grade of last year, it was already an issue discussed in the mainstream. A shift in the global social debate with the Black Lives Matter movement and sweeping efforts to educate themes of racism or colonialism plays a role.
You don’t have to be racist to offend someone, you just have to be ignorant.
And social networks, which can initiate a social debate, which, however, usually do not lead anywhere, also play a role in this. So, while some under the post on the profile to compete with Cardi B’s imitation Jitka Čvančarová tried to explain why they did not consider it appropriate to use the n-word, even if the words described it, others were angry at another politically correct phony – the problem that does not spoil Only good fun. And the last statement of the PR coordinator of Vojta Boháček in April was not enough, as the whole case could be closed and after that we could continue to enjoy the fun show in a calm and inappropriate atmosphere: “TV Nova always produces its programs according to the requirements of the owner. License. Time changes. And with it a look at what our civilization considers acceptable. TV Nova recognizes and reflects these transformations. Our goal has always been and continues to be the respect and celebration of artists from all over the world, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or any other characteristics, ”Bohaçic told Expres.cz .
However, the Czech viewer, who was not able to understand exactly what is white about the racial black coloring, without knowledge of the context, was not enthusiastic. Thus, in a Facebook post with Granian called Dirol, we can read that “not just how unpainted it is”, “insulting when they make a black man white more than when they leave him black” or “instead of looking like a black man, he was like a macaque With white skin and black fur “and the like. One commentator answers questions about skin color succinctly: “The licensee does not want black people to disguise themselves in black, this is currently linked to racism.”
Are we really so selective about the idea that someone is denying us the right to entertainment, and that we are missing out on the contexts that a similar kind of entertainment can bring? Maybe it is, thankfully we don’t have to worry about being the only ones in the world. Because at a short distance from us we still have an Italian television culture, it has grown from the mushroom of the paranoid desires of one strong man – Silvio Berlusconi. And some forms of racism (or, of course, gender discrimination) in the name of entertainment are not alien to this television entertainment.
It is the Italian TV production since the late eighties that shows the influence of entertainment culture on society and politics, which does not describe and conspiracy the world around them, but creates its distorted version in the name of hidden propaganda in the spirit of “bread and games”.
The Italian face has a racist voice
“You don’t have to be racist to offend someone, you just have to be ignorant. You may not be motivated by hate at all. The black community has asked the creators of the program many times to stop. Nobody in the world does this anymore and articles about us are being written.” November 2020, La Stampa quotes the Milanese rapper of Tunisian origins, Gali, imitated by Sergio Muniz, including the black face, in the Italian version of Your Face (Tale e quale). This was not the first time in this version of Entertainment program.Even in Italy, Aretha Franklin and another tradition of black artists “mandatory” occurred, always backed by blanket camouflage. And until we feel at least a little better in the Czech Republic, I would just add that while in our country, this international form developed by Endemol (Who also owns the reality show Big Brother) Commercial TV broadcasts, in Italy it runs in prime time on Rai 1, that is, on the public channel.
“You don’t have to have a black face if you want traditional or imitation of other artists. You might think I’m exaggerating that I have to laugh about it, and that you don’t want to offend anyone, I understand that. I just want to say that the show business didn’t “You need this anymore. If someone wants to frighten children in America, it is enough to distort their faces. It is time to quit smoking.” “I’m not a nigger,” Ghali explained on his Instagram account, recommending that his fans watch.
Similar cultural incidents may appear as domestic issues without much influence, however, similar sequencing may have led to stricter rules, which the licensee also requests on Czech TV Nova.
After the Berlusconi flood
But not just from the black face, the TV entertainment is still very much alive. Only a few weeks have passed since the most-watched Italian orthography, called Striscia la notizia (loosely translated as Fancy News), has succeeded in an international interference. The mediators, both Italian TV entertainment amateurs, one of them even a former MP (of the Socialist Party of PSI), began to “playfully” imitate the Asian dialect when they announced a report from the headquarters of the Italian radio station in Beijing, and uttered “l” instead of ” r ”and pulled their eyelids in the well-known“ eye almond ”gesture.
The issue did not spread to the local media, as he noticed the Instagram influencer Diet Prada, which has several millions of followers, not only affected the global fashion world for a long time, but was also an important voice and watcher on social media. And political issues. Diet Prada reminded that similar type of entertainment is not the best business card for a country with the largest Chinese population in Europe (about 310,000). Especially at a time when racism against the Asian population is on the increase in the world.
It has manifested itself particularly strongly in Italy during the last epidemiological year. In addition, both the moderators, the former MP Gerry Scottie mentioned, and Michael Hunziker, model, actress and presenter are both respected public figures who influence public opinion on a daily basis. Hunziker later apologized for the incident, saying she did not want to offend Chinese culture, which she claimed she had deeply respected. According to Auditel, a company that measures TV viewership, the involved portion of the show has been watched by more than four and a half million viewers. The program, which combines press reporting, commentary and satire, is one of the most famous and popular in the television empire of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and the show has been running for nearly thirty years. After all – thanks to the Mediaset TV platform, which he founded in the late 1970s under the name Fininvest, Berlusconi was able to conquer the world of politics.
Heaven on Earth
The influence that Non é la Rai, for example, had on the results of his first election in 1994 (that’s not RAI – the show’s name is a satirical reference directly to RAI public television) is indisputable. The afternoon entertainment show, dominated by a giant rally and tight-fitting teens, ran from 1991 to 1995, and is today seen as one of the mainstays of Italian television in the 1990s.
The show, moderated by the 15-year-old model, rookie singer and show girl Ambra Angiolini, is famous for Angiolini whispering word-for-word from screenwriter Gianni Buncumbani, who, for example, allowed her to say in Berlusconi’s campaign “The Devil chooses Okito, but God In Heaven chooses Berlusconi. ” Angiolini became the embodiment of the Italian Lolita, an ideal “male gaze” being without an individual’s opinion, serving exclusively male desires and desires. The backstage of the entire show is filled with wonderful stories and heart-wrenching confessions of the adult girls who barely come close to it.
Non é la Rai and other similar shows have built Italian TV entertainment for decades – an ideal world filled with slim, half-naked women without their will and jubilant supervisors, a dream Berlusconi and his team used to manipulate public opinion. In our country, as in Italy, the 1990s are gone forever, but the unbridled TV production without limits, poisoning viewers with the illusion of endless entertainment, without having to look at something or someone and acknowledge someone, remains.
The author is a journalist.