in bubble were white fantasies of black folks’ lives.” He argues that the show wasn’t realistic because the Huxtable family were never racially profiled, as they would have been in the 1980’s, as well as stating that the family was a prime example of the myth that some minorities were exceptions and wealthy and the rest were poor because they were lazy and didn’t work hard. Are black American not allowed to be rich and treated well? I understand some of the points that DeVega makes about the show being about rich Black Americans without much racism, but it’s a sitcom. It’s not obligated to show the strifes and struggles of Black Americans at the time, it’s there to entertain and educate about the matters it chooses. And if those matters don’t include the struggles of poor Black Americans, or the racism to Black Americans, then so be it. Griffith, Joanne. “Culture - The Cosby Show's Hidden Power.” , BBC, 21 Oct. 2014, . Accessed May 4 2018 Griffith agrees with a quote of Mark Anthony Neal’s that states “It [The Cosby Show] was a regular opportunity to see black life portrayed in a 'responsible' manner.” Griffith shows the timeline of black actors and that they had very little representation until the 80’s, in which The
Sahipour 4 Cosby Show helped bring a more realistic view of the African American Culture and life. Griffith then talks about the roles and progression of Black actors and producers in cinema, as well as their impacts to American society. Afterwards, Griffith shines a light on African Americans in the current filming industry, revealing that “17 of the top grossing films of the year had no black actors. And... Just five black directors took the helm of any of the top grossing movies of the year. And none were women.” Griffith then discusses about the possibilities of Black Film with the advent of the internet and social media.
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