I personally believe that THE COSBY show was great for its time and gives a great goal for many middle class African Americans today, however it does not give a good clear view of how to attain this level of achievement and “success” that they had. I would have to say that due to so many different negative media influences post-THE COSBY show, the image of African Americans has clearly spiked down by a huge margin. I hope that one day there will be a show that comes back on TV that can inspire the black community to do better and be as subtly great as THE COSBY show.
I watched the Cosby Show: A Look Back documentary. Here is what intrigued me the most: The Cosby Show never had to literally say “we are black and we are proud” but through the effective use of subtlety that mantra gave life to every show and changed how America, and I dare to say the world, thought about African Americans. (see clip for example)
We didn’t have to wave banners, beat drums, sing songs, make great speeches about who we were. It was obvious. it was obvious in the art that hung on the walls, it was obvious in the music that we listened to, the music that the children listened to, in our personalized story of historic events. And in presenting ourselves in this way, we were able to give people in this country and the world a broader perspective of what American Culture really is: diverse. -Phylicia Rashad
Through the Cosby Show, it became clear that African Americans were really no different than other races. As Oprah puts it The Cosby Show “let the world know that black folks are just like everybody else, we think, we feel, we laugh, we hurt, and it was funny.“
The Cosby show holds the record as the number one show on television for 5 consecutive seasons. Executive Producer Caryn Mandabach said that “Bill Cosby changed the culture of television for ever.”
Now here are my questions:
Do you think that The Cosby Show accurately reflects African American culture?
“In delivering this truth [that African Americans were like everyone else] to the audience, it really opened doors to understanding and introduced cultural realism to prime time television.” -Phylicia Rashad Agree or Disagree?