Can someone explain to me exactly how/why this sketch was racist? I'm aware of the history of Blackface in the USA, the B&W Minstrels, and so on. They were shows that outright set to stereotype and denigrate Africans, although oddly enough, they were also the vehicle through which African culture initially started to make its way into the white American mainstream conscience. Was channel flipping on the night, and by pure chance happened on the sketch in action. Overall I thought it was pretty lame and not really funny at all, and largely without any redeeming entertainment value, but not once did I think that it was anything more than a bunch of guys attempting (badly) to imitate their favorite singing group. If anything, somewhat in bad taste given Michael's recent death. Not enough time has passed yet, methinks. That's separate to this racist talk though. So, what is this all about. It's okay for actors (even badly amateurish ones) to imitate any race but Africans? Isn't that attitude racist in and of itself? I don't understand what all the fuss is about. Dunno, maybe I'm just so ignorantly "racist" that the significance of it is passing me by, or just maybe I'm not so racist that I single out ethnic group A imitating ethnic group B as being offensive, when ethnic group B imitating ethnic group A is not considered offensive. What am I missing here? (A brain probably).