The following is reprinted with permission from "Worsbeursie" of Snaaksgenoeg (Funny Enough). I've been reading various South African blogs and a review from this one caught my eye. Here's an excerpt of the original text, followed by my attempt at translation:
Chris Rock maak rassistiese grappe en ek lag my gat af
Ek en Trilwillem het Sondag na Chris Rock se laaste show op die Suid-Afrikaanse toer gaan kyk.
Ek het my gat af gelag.
Dit was ongelooflik om te sien dat nie een demografiese groep sterk verteenwoordig was nie. Daar was van ge-dreadlock-de wit studente tot swart huisvroue. Daar was van kleurling daggarokers (langs my) tot ‘n ma en haar seun (ander kant langs Trilwillem).
Ek dink die gebrek aan een groep van mense is te wyte aan Chris Rock se styl van komedie en persoonlikheid...
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Chris Rock makes racist jokes and I laugh my ass off
On Sunday, Trillwillem and I went to watch Chris Rock's last show on the South African tour.
I laughed my ass off.
It was unbelievable to see that no single demographic group was overly represented. There were dreadlocked white students to black housewives. There were coloured* weed-smokers (next to me) to a mother and her son (an the other side next to Trilwillem).
I think the lack of a single group of people is because of Chris Rock's style of comedy and personality. It's wonderful to see a black man who is proud of being black and is embarassed and irritated by the crap that other black people can engage in (just like I'm embarassed and irritated by the far right, brandy-drinking, bearded idiots who bring the old South African flag to a Bok van Blerk concert). He jokes about white dudes, but I never got into a bad mood. He has a big problem with the unenlightened, overly-politically correct crap that now, more than ever, goes around. He says well what we all know but aren't allowed to say.
In short. I was very impressed. With the comedy and with Chris himself.
If you can, buy a dvd and don't just watch the goods on Youtube. It's worth it.
One warning, don't watch Chris Rock together with your mother, you'll be frakking, deathly embarassed. Like the poor chap next to me who found out the hard way.
* "Coloured" in South Africa (as well as Namibia and other neighboring nations) refers to multiracial people. For more info, click here.