Hey Hey, it’s racist segments and unapologetic hosts day! John Blackman, one of the main cast members on Hey Hey, It’s Saturday has responded to Kamahl’s claims of offensive and racist treatment on the show, after the host Daryl Somers spoke about the show’s history of blackface and racism.

Let’s unpack this entire mess that’s been going down with the cast of Hey Hey, It’s Saturday. To put it simply, the show has a rather problematic history with racism, from the blackface skit in front of Harry Connick Jr., to the treatment of Malaysian born singer Kamahl, who was met with many a racist joke on the show.

But what’s happening now? Well, this renewed look at the show’s past begins with Somers, who told The Daily Telegraph that “it’s a shame” that the extremely problematic segments they used to air on the show wouldn’t be acceptable today due to “political correctness and the cancel culture.”

Following this, a series of clips from the show resurfaced on Twitter and went completely viral. The clips involve host Daryl Somers and off-screen partner John Blackman (who played the faceless puppet Dickie Knee) in a wild selection of racist and extremely problematic segments that the show aired.

The clips starring singer Kamahl gained the most traction, and you can see why right below.

Kamahl spoke to The Guardian about his treatment on the show, saying that his experiences often left him “humiliated”, including one in which he was surprised with white powder being slammed into his face. John Blackman ‘joked’ at the time that this made him a “real white man”.

“I didn’t want to raise any objections or protest about it. I kept smiling and pretending all was OK,” Kamahl told The Guardian.

So what’s happening now? Well, Blackman has responded to the Kamahl’s Guardian interview with about as much sympathy and self-reflection as a brick wall.

Blackman wrote out a lengthy post to Facebook on how Kamahl should have “marched up” to him and complained about the racist treatment he was receiving, insinuating that he was too “insecure” for show business.

“Goodness me Kamahl, 37 years and you’re still ‘humiliated, you knew where my booth was!” he wrote.

“I do recall you getting offended after I mentioned you at a Melbourne venue.

“Something along the lines of ‘Kamahl is performing tonight – he’s running just a little bit late because he’s having trouble getting his elephant under the boom gate in the carpark.’ Got a huge laugh but I heard you took umbrage. Why?”

My guy, if you have to ask why someone would get offended by that, there really is no helping you now. And also, if someone tells you that they aren’t comfortable with your words, why would you desire the right to keep saying them anyway? For what purpose? What do you gain?

The worst part however is when asked by a fan if he felt bad, Blackman had this to say.

Righto, John.

Kamahl simply had this calm response to Blackman’s claims. What a legend.

To wrap up this yarn, here are some tweets about Blackman that really hit the nail on the head.