Exhibit A: the following commercial, which appears to be authentic, and was posted at YouTube with the title "Motown By White People."
In light of yesterday's post on Harry Connick, Jr.'s denunciation of white-Australian minstrelsy, I'm tempted to ask if this group's work is a form of "blackface" as well. However, aside from how the men in this commercial, who call themselves The Blenders, are not literally wearing blackface, I suppose the distinction to be made between the two sets of white performers is something like "mockery" versus "admiration." Which is not to say that there aren't all sorts of more subtle, complex problems with the ubiquitous white appropriation of black music.
In addition to addressing that topic if you like, let's use this post as an open thread. Link away to other posts if you think we should read them, including your own, talk about whatever strikes you as worthy of chatter, but do play nice -- no spitting, please.