‘You’ll never see a poor, black family on TV ag…


IT. WHAT IS THE BIGGEST IMPACT YOU THINK “GOOD TIMES” HAD ON THE COUNTRY?>>I THINK THAT IT SHOWED THE RACE SITUATION, THAT PEOPLE DO WORK HARD AND STILL THAT IT DOESN’T ALWAYS WORK OUT BUT YOU CAN STILL HAVE A GREAT FAMILY AND YOU SAW THAT LIKE IN A BALTIMORE THING WITH THAT YOUNG LADY WHEN SHE WAS CHASING HER SON DOWN WHEN HE WAS RIDING. THAT IS A “GOOD TIMES” EPISODE RIGHT THERE WHERE THAT YOUNG LADY WAS CHASING HER SON DOWN AND THAT’S THE KIND OF THING YOU WILL FIND. NOW, WHAT YOU WILL SEE NOWADAYS IS BECAUSE THE COMMUNITY DID RIOT OR PROTEST OUR SHOW, YOU WILL NEVER SEE A WORKING CLASS FAMILY ON TV AGAIN, NOT A BLACK FAMILY. EVERY BLACK FAMILY NOW HAS TO BE UPPER MIDDLE CLASS TO MIDDLE CLASS. YOU WILL NEVER SEE A POOR BLACK FAMILY AGAIN ON TV, AND WE WERE THE LAST ONES, AND THEN AFTER THAT THEY CAME BACK WITH THE ANTITHESIS OF US WHICH WAS “THE COSBY SHOW” AND NOW THEY HAVE ANOTHER TAKEOFF OF KIND OF “THE COSBY SHOW” WITH “BLACKISH” BUT YOU WILL NEVER SEE A POOR BLACK FAMILY AGAIN ON TV BECAUSE THE COMMUNITY ISN’T LIKE IT.>>INTERESTING. YOU ALSO SAY YOUR ACT WAS CONSIDERED TOO BLACK WHEN YOU STARTED OUT. EXPLAIN THAT.>>SOMETIMES YOU CAN GET A LITTLE DARK. I MEAN THAT CAN HAPPEN. I THINK WE’VE GONE BACK TO IT BECAUSE STUFF THAT THEY’RE DOING NOW, THE CAT WILLIAMS, THE MICHAEL EPPS, I WAS DOING THAT KIND OF STUFF BACK PROBABLY IN THE’ 60s, AND THE COUNTRY WAS A LITTLE MORE HOMOGENIZED THEN. THEY WERE MORE TOGETHER IN THOSE DAYS, SO THEY SAID WE DON’T WANT TO SEE THAT. WE WANT A LITTLE MORE INTEGRATION. NOWADAYS IN COMEDY, ESPECIALLY IN SITCOMS, STANDUP, WE ARE VERY SEGREGATED. WE HAVE BLACK COMEDY. WE HAVE WHITE COMEDY. AND I THINK THAT THAT’S WHERE WE ARE NOW, VERY, VERY SEGREGATED. THAT’S WHY WHEN YOU’RE DOING STORIES ON PLACES LIKE BALTIMORE AND FERGUSON, A LOT OF WHITE PEOPLE ARE REALLY STUNNED BECAUSE THEY CAN’T BELIEVE THERE’S A PROBLEM, BUT THEY’RE NOT INVOLVED. WE HAVE UNHOMOGENIZED OURSELVES AND THAT REFLECTS IN COMEDY. AS WE LOOK AT ALL THE SPECIALS BEING DONE, THERE’S LATINO NIGHT, THERE’S BLACK NIGHT, THERE’S GAY COMEDY NIGHT. YOU LOOK AT THE SHOW TIMES, HBOs, THAT’S WHAT THEY HAVE. SO THAT HAS MADE US MORE SEGREGATED THAN ANYTHING.>>THAT’S FASCINATIFASCINATING. I NEVER THOUGHT OF IT THAT WAY BUT I THINK YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. ON THE OTHER HAND — >>GO AHEAD.>>NO, GO AHEAD.>>IF YOU LOOK AT THE SHOWS AND YOU LOOK AT A CAT WILLIAMS WHO IS A VERY FINE COMEDIAN, BUT THE MAJORITY OF WHITE PEOPLE IN YOUR STUDIO HAVE NO IDEA WHO CAT WILLIAMS IS. A JIM GAFFIGAN, A MAJORITY OF BLACK PEOPLE, THEY DON’T KNOW WHO THAT IS. WHEN I WAS COMING UP, WE HAD ALLEN KING. EVERYBODY KNEW WHO THAT WAS. WE HAD FLIP WILSON. EVERYBODY KNEW WHO FLIP WILSON WAS. IT WAS THAT KIND OF DEAL. EVERYTHING WAS DONE WHERE YOU HAD TO APPEAL TO EVERYBODY. I WAS INVOLVED

3 Replies to “‘You’ll never see a poor, black family on TV ag…”

  1. Television shows have a huge impact on kids growing up. These tv producers don't care about things like that, they only care about ratings. Jimmie Walker talks about tv stations and segregation. From what I have seen, each race segregate themselves. A good example is China Town.

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