…but he never meant shit to me. (video, links, history and analysis from Panopticist)
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In the first clip, it sounded to me like Carson said “Hangin'” rather than “hang him.”
…which, while not racist in of itself, would’ve been completely nonsensical.
The only excuse I can think of is that being in the prescence of Rickles’ comic genius, Johnny totally lost it. Which wouldn’t explain the black face bit in the other clip.
I like where the host is all PC harumphing about seeing blackface on a “Tonight Show” episode “as late as 1976” whereas Billy Crystal did (and would still do) his blacked up Sammy Davis, Jr. impression into the 1990s — and nobody’s even mentioned Ted Danson.
In the clip, the host says he does not think this invasion of Rickles’ show was planned. Why then was there a microphone (with extra long cable) waiting in the wings for Carson to walk over?
http://www.newyorker.com/archive/content/?050124fr_archive03 has a description of incident 1, but no mention of the racial stuff. Infinitely long article, but pretty great.
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