4 Apr 2021, 16:32
4 Apr 2021, 16:33
Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse has blasted a German comedian after he ‘blacked up’ for a sketch on TV.
The dancer, 39, took to social media to brand the comedy segment on German television “racist”
Motsi blasted the sketch (Credit: BBC)
What happened in the sketch slammed by Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse?
In an episode of German comedy show Schleichfernsehen, Helmut Schleich applied dark face paint during a sketch.
For the skit, he played a character called Maxwell – the fictional son of Bavarian Prime Minister Franz Josef Strauss, who has worked in Africa.
Schleich said that they “really need a Black candidate for Chancellor again”.
He also added, that Strauss “left not only a lasting impression on his numerous visits to sub-Saharan Africa, but also a son.”
Helmut Schleich is a German comedian (Credit: BR Kabarett & Comedy / YouTube)
How did Motsi react?
Motsi, who lives in Germany and is an outspoken critic of racism, soon blasted the sketch.
She said on social media: “At this stage it’s just actually being provocative, it’s insensitive, alarming, offensive and most of all racist!
“How many times must it be repeated. Why #blackfacing ???? @BR_Presse mhhhhh!!!
She continued: “It’s Easter, do we even get a break, and our sole interest is not pointing out racism to German media!”
It’s Easter, do we even get a break, and our sole interest is not pointing out racism to German media!
“We have lives and other joys! How can a video like that go through all levels of confirmation and then be aired! Don’t get it.
“A few years back the shame and embarrassment would be left on us and a feeling of cringe and disappointment, but things have changed.”
Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse said the sketch was racist (Credit: Brett D. Cove / SplashNews.com)
What was the comedian’s response?
In response, Schleich said: “It’s about satire, however, and as a cabaret artist it’s my job to exaggerate things.
“I made a conscious decision a long time ago to create this Strauss parody like this.
“It is precisely through a fictional son Maxwell Strauss that I show the import of neo-colonial music Structures from the global north to Africa.”
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