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Filmmaker denies rap video racist

7:13 am - 07/07/2010
A Perth filmmaker’s music video of two Caucasians dressed as Aboriginals singing a rap song was removed by YouTube because it was considered “inappropriate”, the Perth Magistrate’s Court was told.



Tragic part, that's a direct quote.

UPDATE: A Perth filmmaker’s music video of two Caucasians dressed as Aboriginals singing a rap song was removed by YouTube because it was considered “inappropriate”, the Perth Magistrate’s Court was told.

Simon Charles Barker faces a charge of aggravated conduct likely to cause racial harassment over the video titled Flubba Wubba Jubba Noongar he posted on YouTube. He told the court that his video was a parody that was meant to highlight the “stereotypical views that the majority of West Australians hold against Aboriginals”.

He denied being racist and said that many of his friends were Aboriginals. He said that in the time the music video was posted on YouTube, he had not received any negative feedback until the clip was removed by YouTube.

He said he had first heard the song on a friend’s mobile phone and then contacted Richard Champion, the creator of the song after realising that it had been downloaded on YouTube almost 200,000 times.

He said none of the actors in the video, including himself and Richard Champion, were paid for their roles in the video.

The video played to the court showed two Caucasians wearing afro wigs, with blackened faces drinking, being chased by police and selling what they had stolen from a burglary to a pawn shop.

He told the court that he had wanted to “create an awareness of the issues faced by Aboriginals” and if he had thought the video was racist he would never have put his name on it.

“I’m definitely not a racist. I don’t hold racist views whatsoever,” he said.

His lawyer Tom Percy said his client was totally opposed to racism and the video had been an attempt to highlight the prejudices of urban whites who perceived urban Aboriginals as unemployed alcoholics on social welfare benefits.

He said the video was a “crude in your face” attempt to “lampoon these attitudes for what they are”.

The court was told that the song was created by Ricky Champion, but that the music was based on the song “In da Club” by American rapper 50 Cent.

Mr Percy said there was no dispute that his client, who has been involved in filming the plight of the Karen tribesmen in Burma, had posted the video online last year.

The trial before Magistrate Kevin Tavener continues.




I live in Perth I was shown this video by some workmates a couple of months ago (because its really, really funny Lauren, you have to see it!) I got 20 seconds in before my brain started working again and I walked away. There are truly no words for this kind of blatant racism.

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violetrose 7th-Jul-2010 01:00 am (UTC)
Also, why the fuck does he have to be from my hometown in Australia.
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