By D.C. Livers (www.BlackPressRadio.com) – There is little doubt that ABC is drinking the kool-aid after watching a screening of the new sitcom, Blackish. Who wouldn’t like seeing Laurence Fishburne and Anthony Anderson on television but aren’t we over the whole Tracee Ellis Ross is the picture of Black America nonsense by now?
That every sitcom she’s in sinks like a ship – barring the awesomeness that was Girlfriends – shows that she’s just not the actress that Black America wants to see. To put her in a sitcom titled, “Blackish” during a racially tense time in America is just another example that ABC just doesn’t get it.
Will people watch? Of course, people will watch a train wreck. But should they watch, I have to say no.
Here are 5 reasons that I won’t be watching Blackish:
1) Casting: Seriously, who does these things? How in the world are we to take this family seriously?
2) Tracee Ellis Ross as a Black mama: Like most, I loved her in Girlfriends and tolerate her in many other things but I’m over the concept that she should be viewed as a Black mom of today’s generation. It just doesn’t fit. It’s a little painful to watch her in these roles and it’s unfair to her because she’s a decent actress.
3) Script: I had such high hopes for this, so I hope I’m wrong. I hope that this show knocks the Cosby’s off the map but I don’t think it will. The script is weak and the characters are not people that most Black people can relate to
4) Racial Tension in America: This is a poor time to bring such a sitcom into the world because many Blacks in the U.S. don’t live like this family making the “these are good Black people” pitch hollow and almost justifies the hype and horror of the deaths of #TrayvonMartin, #EricGarner and #MikeBrown, who were killed mostly because they didn’t look like the “sorta Blackish” people that are pitched to society on sitcoms and movies.
5) Snubbing of Black-owned Media: ABC spends less than 10% of its marketing budget with Black-owned media outlets. That it would give millions to mainstream media to promote this show and “assume” that Blacks will just tune in is offense and financially irresponsible.
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