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POLL: Host Billy Crystal Incites Oscar Drama

27 Feb

Following Sunday February 26th’s Oscar Awards, host Billy Crystal has been receiving some backlash for an opening bit in which he was “blackface” Sammy Davis, Jr. (“blackface” refers to an actor being in full facial makeup so as to appear as though they are a different skin color).  In the skit, which was a parody of the award-winning movie Midnight in Paris, Billy Crystal appeared as himself along with Justin Bieber and “Sammy Davis, Jr.” (Crystal in blackface), who proposed to “kill Hitler.”   Many in the public have already reacted to the skit, including comedian Paul Scheer tweeting Best Supporting Actress winner Octavia Spenser (for The Help), saying that her win “shows just how far we’ve come since Billy Crystal performed in Blackface.”

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