4television for Viruet is too important to erase and should be available for future generations. Since the 1980s, conversations surrounding The Cosby Show have switched directions. Early critics in the 1980s felt that the show failed to portray what it meant to be an African American in the United States accurately. By showing an upper middle class 1980s African American family, the show failed to showcase the strains of class andlimited upward mobility African Americans experience in our society. So while it was a huge step forward for a black sitcom to reach top popularity, this colorblind television show failed to address real issues of racism and class in our society. As the conversation changed and threats of erasing the show completely from the memory of American television became a reality, some feared the importance of the show had been overlooked due to the rape allegations against its creator, Bill Cosby. The Cosby Showwas extremely influential in painting a positive image of African Americans in television, and its successpaved the way for future African American shows on television. For some it is now important to separate the artist from the art in order to preserve an important part of television history. Throughout the generations, The Cosby Showhas always proved a topic of intense discussion. It is no doubt, whether positive or negative, that this show hasbeen an influential piece of text in shaping modern American culture.
ReferencesJhally, Sut, and Justin Lewis. "White Responses: The Emergence of "Enlightened"Racism." 93-111. Print.Viruet, Pilot. "The Cosby Show Is Too Important to Erase From TVHistory." Flavorwire. 20 Nov. 2014. Web.
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