Tribute or Faux Pas... or worse?

I'm glad I found this on YouTube. I just stumbled on this part of a movie on AMC today... I don't even know what movie it is. I typed in "Bojangles of Harlem" to find it on YouTube. Looks like it's Fred Astaire in blackface. The comments on the YouTube page are quite interesting. Half seem to think it's just good old fashioned racist blackface... the other half thinks it's some kind of a tribute to the original Bojangles, a.k.a., Bill Robinson. Check it out:

(The movie is Swing Time -- 1936)

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