Stepin Fetchit, odious image that he represented, rarely lacked for work in his heyday - he became, IIRC, a millionaire. This hasn't been lost on subsequent generations of performers, whether Jimmy "J. J." Walker, a once-gifted comedian, who sold his soul for a stick of "dy-no-mite!", every hack who made "gangsta rap" a genre instead of a legitimate expression of dissent, or any (tastefully) bug-eyed or street-talking stereotype you see on television commercials or sitcoms.