Billy Crystal in blackface as Sammy Davis Jr. at 2012 Oscars
"….there’s been a lot of grumbling about how it’s “just a joke” and how “it’s not a big deal.” This is followed by a lot of anxiety and hand-wringing about being “too sensitive” on the part of people who were offended by it …The implication is that if you are “too sensitive” then your feelings are invalid because they are extreme and those with feelings deemed extreme have no right to complain. ”Too sensitive” compared to whom, exactly? The term frames people who accept depictions of racism in media as normative, while we who are “too sensitive” are the ones not getting with the program (or getting the “joke.” Even if the “joke” is awful.) "