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.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.
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.
Easy Edit (Fan Nation)