Jocelyn Jee Esien -‘Little Miss Jocelyn’ BBC2 Thursday nights, 9.30pm
Comedian/actress Jocelyn Jee Esien is the brains behind the hit comedy sketch show ‘Little Miss Jocelyn’ which first aired in 2006.
During the first season the reviews were good and people raved about Jocelyn’s comedic timing and her many character creations, which included:
Fiona – A woman who works in an office where the other staff members are Caucasian, and she is convinced that no one knows she is black, and goes to all sorts of lengths to keep it quiet. Fiona believes that her “secret” will be compromised due to the presence of another black person in the office, and believes that every word that comes out of that person’s mouth is related to a Black stereotype, when in fact this is rarely the case.
Paulette – Is a sophisticated upper class business woman but when she is refused something, she will resort to acting like a child, crying and throwing a tantrum until she gets what she wants.
Gladys Kingston – A 40 year old Jamaican woman who is portrayed to fit the Jamaican stereotype. She speaks and cusses people in patois, and has an unhealthy dislike for men, which developed after her husband left her for a younger woman.
Sheson – A bus driver that speaks with a Cockney/Nigerian accent. She sings hymns when driving; strongly enforces the rule that says passengers mustn’t speak to the driver while the bus is in motion; and refuses to help passengers, often saying that she isn’t an A to Z. Sheson also claims that she’s lived in London for a year, and that she learnt English in a pub.
I managed to catch one episode from the first season but in all honesty found it a bit hit and miss (well more miss than hit) and never made the effort to watch future episodes after that. However I have since been told that I should have hung in there because that season was apparently very funny.
Anyway Miss Jocelyn returned for its second season on Thursday night and from what I saw was very funny, HOWEVER one particular character left me feeling a little uneasy and I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry…
Jocelyn has introduced a new character to the line up called ‘Prince William’s new girlfriend’. Now I hoped that the sketches featuring this new character would be available to view via You Tube, but unfortunately they haven’t been uploaded on to the site yet, so you will have to make do with this brief description (from memory) for now….
‘Prince William’s new girlfriend’ is a tribeswoman hailing from the darkest depths of Africa, who the Prince met during a diplomatic mission. She has tribal scars on her face, a piercing going through her nose, walks around with a spear in one hand, makes loud animal sounds, has long dirty toe nails, her teeth are shaped like sharp knives and she is dressed in animal print clothing….
In one scene the character prowls around a packed beach in front of unsuspecting members of the public (predominately Caucasian) and starts making loud animal noises while holding a spear – basically acting like a wild beast hunting its prey….
I know that this is a comedy sketch show, not to be taken seriously, but there is something about this character that screams – SO WRONG!!!
The behaviour and look of the character reminded me of those cartoons that were made back in the 1920s/1930s which depicted black people as being hungry, unruly savages, with bones through our noses.
I do think that Jocelyn is a very talented lady and we definitely need more women like her headlining their own shows on British television, but ‘Prince William’s new girlfriend’ has forced me to give her the side eye treatment.
I would like to know what she was thinking when she decided to depict this character in such a manner. Was it her idea, and if so, why was it encouraged, because with this character she is edging dangerously close into coon territory!
WATCH THE LATEST EPISODE OF MISS JOCELYN HERE
(Note: Prince William’s new girlfriend sketch is near the end)