I just had an interesting conversation about the new show Black-ish.
I love Tracee Ellis Ross but I don’t think I’ll be watching the show. Given that it’s a comedy series, I get the pitch, but why can’t we have a show that just depicts a regular family of color without pin pointing EVERYTHING about race.
Husband: You’re not even full black.
Wife: Yeah! Tell that to my hair and my ass.
*insert laughs here
This is precisely why I don’t watch television. To many shows trying to tell the world who Black people are, how Black people act, and what classifies a Black person. One question. Being a woman of color, can I live?
Example. Here’s what television says about me as a 24yr old African- American female.
- Television says I’m loud, and a bit angry if I express myself. Because I’m professionally oriented, I’m likely to be aggressive and overly ambitious, having characteristics of a male. If I don’t already have kids and are a single mother, I’m likely to freeze my eggs by 35 because I’ll probably never get married. I’m highly materialistic and if you dare come at me side ways, I’m likely to throw a drink at you, just after I throw a good right hook to sock you with.
- Because in reality, I’m 24 of German, Black, and Jamaican decent. I LOVE sports, physics, metaphysics, and neuroscience. I love old shows and movies such as Fawlty Towers and Funny Girl (both which I still own on VHS and frequently watch). Before I buy a pair of shoes I’m purchasing a book or a ball gown (weird obsession). lol I’m assertive, yet introverted and very passionate about the things I care about.
God forbid I raise my voice or become passionate about something…I’ll be the new face of the “Angry Black Woman” clan that’s likely to never get married. smh
I’m not saying Blackish is a bad show, but for me, it’s that small thing that I just cannot rock with. Maybe it’s mello dramatic..*shrugs But, do you see the point I’m making?
If television was to promote false stereotypes of people, the ones watching it will likely adopt the habits of the characters, and soon what’s displayed on your 40in flat screen tv will become fact.
I get generations change and the producers and writers are trying to keep up with the latest market within television since reality tv, but can someone PLEASE take a risk and give us quality sitcoms like Family Matters, Fresh Prince, and the Cosby Show when Mom’s never said “Yeah, tell that to my ass”?
These shows exemplified a regular family that grew throughout the normal family issues, joys, and challenges etc. However that is just my opinion, and although I wish Blackish all the best, you now know why Blackish just isn’t my flavor.