ABC’s new comedy series “Black-ish” premiered with a strong lead-in to the “Modern Family” drawing in a 3.3 ratings of adults between 18-49 and 10.8 million viewers in live-plus-same-day figures, as stated by Hollywood Reporter.
In an article published on the Huffington Post, Frances Cudjoe Waters wrote:
What “Black-ish” misses and what those shows embraced, is that one of the primary things that unite Black people is this country is that regardless of socio-economic status, skin complexion and other life choices, black folks in America have a shared history and current reality of struggling against stereotypes, institutional and legislative racism, and continued barriers precisely because we continue to be judged by the color of our skin, more than by the content of our character and the uniqueness of our journey.
However, as stated by Kenya Barris, the creator, “Black-ish” recaptures HIS family and the dynamics of what HE is experiencing while raising HIS millennial children. He stated in an interview with Rolling Out, “My wife is a mixed race doctor, we have five kids we sorta pulled ourselves up, you know boots strapped ourselves up in a way. The world that we see them growing up in is a lot different from the world that we remember. Who are these kids that we are raising because they didn’t really remind me of anything that I remember quote on quote what being ‘Black’ was. Their experience was completely different from mine. They were a little bit of a filtered down version of my ideology of what Black was from when I was growing up so they were sorta ‘Black-ish.’”
We all have our own ideology of what should be presented to the world about our race, whether it is on TV or the big screen, but should we ridicule someone else’s experience? More importantly, aren’t comedies suppose to make light of situations?
A race as diverse as ours, it seems to be almost impossible to completely satisfy everyone. Though I would love to see an exact replica of “The Cosby Show” the reality is, it may not happen. “The Cosby Show” was a special one of a kind, but to shun a show that is created by a Black man, who is a product of a HBCU, that employees Black actors and actresses and diversify primetime television is not the accurate way to approach your reservations, in my opinion.
What’s your take Clutchettes? Is it a parody gone wrong? Will you tune in to at least support a Black creator as well as the actors/actresses cast?