Timberlake Joke Removed From ESPY Telecast

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I know you're probably sick of the ESPYs stories, but there's just one more to pass along. According to Arash Markazi of SI, not every Justin Timberlake joke was well received last week (and no not because it just wasn't funny). Markazi was at the event and says that Timberlake used the term "shucking and jiving" when joking about Paul Pierce's NBA Finals injury and it was taken out of the tape delayed showing....

In describing how Pierce quickly came back after being taken off on a wheelchair, Timberlake 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 mostly silence from the crowd when the show taped on Wednesday before Timberlake transitioned into his next joke about Eli Manning.

The phrase, which has racial connotations originating from slavery, has been discussed recently when used by others, who like Timberlake, most likely weren't aware of its meaning and origin.
Interesting. I wasn't aware of the phrase's connotation either until this article, but with four days to play with I it was a smart idea to take it out. You learn something new everyday.

Easy Edit (Fan Nation)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 9:28 AM

5 Comments:

So "shucking and jiving" is racist, but dressing up like a black player with two giant black puppets connected to you while you sing and dance to mimmic them isn't.

Hmm..I might go the other way on that.

Dan Levy said...
Jul 22, 2008, 9:42:00 AM  

I remember from watching "The Dukes of Hazzard", them Duke boys would always come up with a little 'Hazzard County shuck 'n jive' to thwart Boss Hogg. Was that racist? I can't imagine a TV show with a Confederate flag on the roof of a car would have racist terminology on it.

Doneycat said...
Jul 22, 2008, 10:30:00 AM  

I hope that they edited it out because it was not funny.

GMoney said...
Jul 22, 2008, 10:37:00 AM  

But black guys using the n-word is no problem.

hollywood wags said...
Jul 22, 2008, 2:43:00 PM  

Want to learn something new today? Look up "everyday" in a dictionary.

Jay said...
Jul 22, 2008, 3:12:00 PM  

Post a Comment