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Thread #112183   Message #2375847
Posted By: John on the Sunset Coast
27-Jun-08 - 06:20 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Cohen Owes Me 97 Dollars (Irving Berlin)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Cohen Owes Me 97 Dollars (Irving Berl
Guest.leeneia--You misunderstand me. First of all, I was referring to her repertoire overall. As I said, the songs are pretty much from the early part of the 20th century, when Jews, Irish, Negroes (to use the then polite term)and others, were caricatured in musical theater. These songs reflected their experiences, and were sung in dialect or or with stereotype accents. Sensibilities change. Today, for instance, nobody would get up on stage ala Jolson or Cantor and cork-up to sing. Ethnic jokes for the most part are verboten, especially using accents.

I am Philistine enough to enjoy good ethnic humor, accent, stereotype and all (but I can do w/out the blackface unless it is part of an historical play or such); it sounds as if you do too. But many people do get offended, and I merely alluded to that.