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The what's wrong is it's association in the long annals of the US history and entertainment business with discrimination, with prejudice, and probably with violence. If done in a mocking way, I would expect it to be provocative.

Merchant of Venice with Lawrence Olivier is one thing, as presented by the Third Reich it was quite another.

I'm sure there are ways to present blackface as part of something not derisive and not divisive (The Al Jolson Story comes to mind for its historic values). The little info you give makes it sound like this wasn't one of those ways.

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