Podcast 251: This is our Everest, Part Twenty-One – The Black & White Minstrel Show

by | Nov 25, 2020

On today’s This Is Our Everest, Edward and Ian provide exactly the service the world needs: two more middle-aged white men talking about racism. Yes, it’s The Black and White Minstrel show, a truly despicable relic of a past we’d all hoped was firmly behind us, however reluctant it was to leave. Neither of our heroes particularly like the programme but it did give them a chance to properly examine their prejudices and assess a totemic cultural phenomenon that is often cited but rarely actually seen.

Thankfully, they did also find some time to address other hot button topics such as Keith Harris’ skill as a ventriloquist, a surefire way to prevent the robot uprising and an honest review of drum brushes. Now, let’s never speak of this again. If you want to watch and see what all the fuss was about, and we advise you spare yourself the bother quite frankly, you can do so here.

Tomorrow we’re going for something a little more… progressive, in the form of Going For Gold, the pan-European quiz show which hinted at a future of harmony that never quite arrived.

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