This Japanese Comedian Celebrated New Year's in Blackface

Desus and Mero talk about what went down on the comedy show, and other moments when Japanese celebrities donned the problematic makeup.
January 5, 2018, 3:18pm

Here's some proof that 2018 is exhausting already: On a Japanese TV show's New Year special, comedian Masatoshi Hamada wore blackface to portray Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop. Suffice to say, it caused quite an uproar.

In light of the current controversy, Desus and Mero delved into other moments in Japan's pop-culture history where celebrities thought blackface was A-OK—like when pop group Momoiro Clover Z dressed up as "The Tempura-tations" (according to Mero).

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