Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Justin Timberlake: Racism or Ignorance?

Never really cared for Justin, and (pre Music 360) he tore my pants the way he handled the Janet Jackson Superbowl situation.  Anyway....

Recently he performed on the ESPYs… and apparently did this:

JT was reportedly teasing Boston Celtics basketball playerPaul Pierce about his injured knee in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. In describing how Pierce quickly came back, Justin joked that Pierce was back on the court, “shucking and jiving.”

The comment, which was cut out of the broadcast that aired Sunday night, was met with silence from the crowd when the show taped on Wednesday.

For those not in the know, “shuckin’ and jivin’” is a slang term primarily used by African Americans referring to the speech and behavioural mechanisms adopted in the presence of authority figures. The term usually involves clever lies and impromptu storytelling, used to one-up an opponent or avoid punishment and originated in the era of slavery.

Yikes.  I don’t know if this is “racist” or not (What IS racist anymore, anyway?)… I think he probably made a poor choice of words..typical southern white guy (He’s from Memphis) who isn’t really aware of racial sensitivity.

What do ya’ll think?


Anonymous said...

I don't think he was being racist.

Anonymous said...

he's a jerk. he proved it with the whole Janet thing. Now only confirmed it this time.

Anonymous said...

The answer to "what is racism" is preeetty straight-forward..
A: Racism = prejudice + privilege.

As a "typical southern white guy" myself, I try to educate myself on racism and struggles of POC as to not perpetuate bigotry and ignorance.

I'm sure he has no shortage of people around him to enlighten him, either.