What do you get when you add one part Wife Swap, two parts Soul Man and a dash of Ice Cube, all mixed together in a pot full of bad ideas? FX’s new reality show Black.White., which chronicles the wacky adventures of a white family in blackface and a black family painted white.
I challenge you to gaze upon the show’s official website, roll over the faces of the families, and try to figure out what is more absurd:
- The fact that the white dad in blackface looks more like Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now than he does any black dude I’ve ever seen, and the black dad in whiteface looks like a sketch character from Chappelle’s Show?
- Ice Cube‘s most "poignant" comment on racial issues since N.W.A.?
- Or is it the startling arrogance of a heavy-handed reality show (on FX nonetheless) that presumes to legitimately illustrate the complexities of race relations in contemporary America?
Be sure to tune in next Wednesday. If you can just get past those icky feelings of offensive awkwardness, you might learn something about how white people and black are so different, they’re actually the same!