‘Black-ish’ Creator Addresses Show Criticisms
The comedy series “Black-ish” joins ABC’s roster of new shows this fall season in an attempt to offer viewers diversified programming. But the show, which premieres on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at 9:30 p.m. on ABC, has already received some criticisms. Learn more about this news story below.
“Black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson, Lawrence Fishburne and Tracee Ellis Ross. The show, which is created by Kenya Barris and executive produced by Anderson, Fishburne and Larry Wilmore, puts its focus on an African-American family living in the California suburbs. The characters go through a series of cultural identity crisis, as they assimilate their lives in a place where “white” culture is more predominant.
The teasers aired on ABC, television and YouTube have already raised some strong reactions and feedback, citing that “Black-ish” seemed to have invalidated and devalued what Bill Cosby in “The Cosby Show” has been rebuking all those years his show was on air. The term “black-ish” itself seems to suggest a disassociation with black culture. Is the show ashamed of fully embracing its actual identity?
“I think some of the controversy has been around the idea that some people think that we’re trying to define what “black” is, and it couldn’t be further from the truth,” said series creator, Barris, in a press interview published in Atlanta Black Star.
“If you look at the main character, Andre Johnson, from his eyes, he’s raising kids and a family in a time where he looks around at his kids and he feels like their idea of being ‘black,’ from what he remembers growing up, is different from what it was for him,” Barris further stated, citing that the term can work the other way around too, given how black culture has already spread among white people. He even gave the example that Kim Kardashian and Dirk Nowitzki are black-ish.
Barris also said that the show will shed more light on the race aspect and believes that “Black-ish” will become a test study in this modern times. He clarifies that it’s still a comedy and not a political series, and ultimately, “Black-ish” is show about family and the problems they hurdle through. If this is the case, then the series would really appeal and relate to a large audience, regardless of race.
And that’s the latest update on “Black-ish.” The family comedy series will premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at 9:30 p.m. on ABC. Movie News Guide (MNG) will cover news, updates and recaps about this show, so check back regularly.
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