When an innocent black person is murdered, the media goes out of their way to dehumanize them and paint them as a criminal.
When a white celebrity dies, the media erases every racist and/or problematic thing they ever said or did and paints them as a hero.
Please don’t misunderstand me, my disliking something/someone is not a negative reflection on you. I’m just someone with an internet presence, not an authority on anything. I’m not here to police your thoughts, feelings or the content you consume or enjoy.
Well, I first found out about the show from Tracee right after they shot the pilot, so I’ve been excited about it from day one. I’ll admit, the name…isn’t great. And I get why some people are turned off by it. At first glance it comes off like “A black family that’s not too black”, which is definitely side-eye inducing. But Tracee described it as “A black family dealing with their ish”, which I think is smart and really sums it up.
I’ve seen the pilot 3 times now, and each time it was really interesting to see that the people around me were genuinely surprised by how funny it is because it’s not the “minstrel show” they anticipated. The thing is, it’s an ABC family comedy. It’s not meant to be super high brow or tackle serious issues. But, because it’s about a black family they do delve into talking about race and identity with their kids and general parenting themes. And since Anthony’s character works in advertising, they also touch on what it’s like to be black in a predominately white work environment and how mainstream media “borrows” elements of black culture when it’s convenient. And as someone who’s worked in advertising and media I thought that was really funny and spot on.
Something else that’s really cool about the show that Tracee brought up last night, is that her character is written as a bi-racial woman, which is kind of a big deal. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen that in a network show. Most times bi-racial women are just presented as black, which speaks to the rampant colorism/whitewashing in the entertainment industry. It’s not a main focus of the show, but I think it’s cool that they acknowledge it in a way that’s honest rather than just erasing her identity and passing her off as someone with 2 black parents. It’s little things like that, in addition to Anthony’s character lamenting that he doesn’t want his kids to be colorblind, that make me optimistic about where the show is going. All in all, I think it has a lot of potential and I hope people give it a chance before dismissing it outright.
And now here’s my obligatory "black-ish" plug that I’m NOT being paid for: "black-ish" premieres Sept. 24 at 9:30pm EST on ABC.
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- skinny women: *praised by literally everyone*
- skinny women: *doesn't say shit while fat women are being put down*
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