Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:
I see Eddie Murphy’s “Delirious” has recently been added to Netflix Instant. I watched part of it and was struck by the bit you see above, which occurs right at the start of the performance. You couldn’t do it today, of course. Frankly, I’m a bit surprised it hasn’t been retconned out of existence, like the Jacques Cousteau-Louis Malle documentary “The Silent World” or Disney’s “The Song of the South.” (Actually, I see that “The Silent World” has finally been released on Blu-Ray. Worth taking a look, especially if you have an interest in fishing with dynamite.)
So was Murphy some kind of anti-gay monster or have the lines of the playing field simply been redrawn? If the latter, are the new lines fair or too restrictive? And how do we judge the folks who played under the old rules, using the old lines?
I don’t have the answers. But I enjoy stuff like this. It reveals the loose threads of culture past, threads our present tailors can’t quite account for or explain.
This IMDb thread makes for interesting reading.
I love the guy who says: “I’d like to watch this but I’m not really into watching the homophobia section. Running Time-wise what part should I skip?”
Oh, dearie me, I’d love to read ‘Huckleberry Finn.’ Can you tell me which pages contain the N-word so I can endeavor to skip over them?
This one’s a hoot as well: “How is it honesty? Just because he says what he’s thinking? Its homophobia and homophobia is the result of poor education and bigotry in society.”
Do you reckon this guy always speaks in public service announcements?
Remember: Only you can prevent bigotry in society!
The 1983 version of Eddie Murphy would have mocked these guys, probably using that clenched-ass voice he was fond of using when skewering white people. The post-80s Murphy simply apologizes. It’s hard to blame him.