A Japanese comedian is facing criticism for performing in blackface in a widely viewed television show, a move that has outraged many and highlighted the regular appearance of performers in similar makeup on mainstream media outlets in Japan.
In a show that aired on New YearÃ¢ÂÂs Eve, the Japanese comedian Masatoshi Hamada appeared in a Detroit Lions football jacket, a curly wig and dark makeup, an attempt at imitating the actor Eddie MurphyÃ¢ÂÂs character from the 1984 movie Ã¢ÂÂBeverly Hills Cop.Ã¢ÂÂ
Mr. Hamada is half of the comedy duo Downtown. They host the popular comedy show Ã¢ÂÂDowntown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!!Ã¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂDowntownÃ¢ÂÂs This AinÃ¢ÂÂt a KidÃ¢ÂÂs ErrandÃ¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂ that many Japanese watched to ring in the New Year.
A Twitter user shared a clip from the show, calling the depiction Ã¢ÂÂunacceptable and racist.Ã¢ÂÂ
Baye McNeil, a black columnist who was born in Brooklyn and has lived in Japan for 13 years, shared pictures of Mr. HamadaÃ¢ÂÂs performance on New YearÃ¢ÂÂs Eve and denounced it as offensive.Continue reading the main story