Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse blows up German comedian after black-face storm

Strictly speaking, Judge Motsi Mabuse beat up a German comedian after he was “blacked out” for a television sketch.

The 39-year-old dancer used social media to brand the comedy segment on German television as “racist”.


Motsi blew up the sketch (Image credit: BBC)

What happened in the sketch that was slammed by Strictly Judge Motsi Mabuse?

In an episode of the German comedy show Schleichfernsehen, Helmut Schleich applied dark complexion during a sketch.

For the sketch, he played a character named Maxwell – the fictional son of Bavarian Prime Minister Franz Josef Strauss, who worked in Africa.

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Schleich said that they “really need another black candidate for the Chancellor”.

He added that Strauss “not only left a lasting impression on his numerous visits to sub-Saharan Africa, but also a son”.

Helmut Schleich
Helmut Schleich is a German comedian (Photo credit: BR Kabarett & Comedy / YouTube)

How did Motsi react?

Motsi, who lives in Germany and is an outspoken critic of racism, soon blew up the sketch.

She said on social media: “At this stage, it’s just provocative, insensitive, alarming, insulting and, above all, racist!

“How often does it have to be repeated. Why #blackfacing ???? @BR_Presse mhhhhh !!!

She continued: “It’s Easter, let’s take a break at all and our only interest is not to point out racism to the German media!”

It’s Easter, let’s take a break at all and our only interest is not to make the German media aware of racism!

“We have life and other joys! How can such a video go through all the levels of verification and then broadcast? Don’t understand

“A few years ago the shame and embarrassment would linger on us and a sense of shock and disappointment, but things have changed.”

Motsi Mabuse has condemned a German comedian as racist
Strictly Judge Motsi Mabuse said the sketch was racist (Photo Credit: Brett D. Cove / SplashNews.com)

How was the comedian’s reaction?

In response, Schleich said: “It’s about satire, and as a cabaret artist, it’s my job to exaggerate things.

“I made a conscious decision a long time ago to create this Strauss parody like this.

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“Especially through a fictional son Maxwell Strauss, I am showing the import of neo-colonial musical structures from the global north to Africa.”

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