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Thread #86330   Message #1604810
Posted By: Coyote Breath
14-Nov-05 - 02:11 PM
Thread Name: PC-Where is thy sting?-'Pick a Bale of Cotton' Ban
Subject: RE: Folk song banned

Wasn't "Jump Down..." featured in a Steve Martin film? Can't remember the title but the premise was that he, white, was raised by a black family and believed himself to be black. It's been years since I saw the film, it might have been a SNL sketch...

I never liked the song. It seemed to me to be a reference to the "happy darkies" singing and dancing for their white "masters" notion held by many whites. I always thought it offensive.

Blazing Saddles has a sharp edged parody of that notion. The racist cowboys end up performing "Camptown Races" while the black laborers sing a very polished "I Get a Kick Out of You".