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Justin Bieber Joins Billy Crystal (in Blackface) for Oscars 2012 Opening

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Billy Crystal kicked off the 2012 Oscars with his typical opening montage where he inserts himself into the nominated movies. For the ‘Midnight in Paris’ spoof, he was joined by Justin Bieber in the hopes of appealing to the younger demographic.

Unfortunately, Billy Crystal also dragged out his hopelessly dated Sammy Davis Jr. impression. While Bieber tries to help Billy pull in the coveted 18-24-year-old demo, it was (fake) Sammy Davis Jr. who gave Beebs the ultimate honor by comparing him to Frank Sinatra. Still, many on Twitter think that Billy’s Sammy schtick needs to be retired. Is blackface (and jokes about killing Hitler) okay on network TV in 2012? Watch the video below and let us know.

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