Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Carmichael Show

   Most of the television shows I routinely watch like Homeland and Billions are on hiatus.  I went to Hulu to find something good that I might have missed.  I stumbled onto The Carmichael Show.  I have seen the first few episodes of Blackish but it wasn’t my cup of tea.  I thought The Carmichael Show wouldn’t be too.  I decided to see the pilot episode.  I was hooked!  

   I love the characters, the politically conscientious Maxine, the childish mama’s boy Bobby, the street smart Nekeisha, the religious mother Cynthia and their down to earth father Joe.  In the middle of them all is the independent son Jerrod.  Each one has an opinion to defend about controversial issues.  Some arguments are so unique I marvel at the talent of the writers.  Here are some of the social issues they discuss.

    1. Feminism;
    2. Their pastor admitted to watching porn;
    3. Cheating spouses – there’s an income bracket for cheaters, those earning $50K or less are definitely not cheating, those earning $50K to $100K are thinking of cheating but wouldn’t do it, $100K to $500K are definitely cheating and for $500K to 1 million the wife knows the mistress by name.  
    4. The Muslim family who just moved in next door;
    5. Maxine’s rich Dad buying her independence and integrity with $10K;
    6. Joe’s down to earth opinion about slavery, a touchy subject in any show.  He basically said if the slavery hadn’t happened they’d be in Africa now waiting for the advertised “a few cents a day” donations to feed Africa.
    7. Gentrification of black communities is an issue I have not heard much about from the media.  In Austin, Texas, the black population is concentrated on the city's east side from the segregation of 1928.  
In Louisville, Kentucky, it’s called West End.  In Portland, Ore., 53% of black neighborhoods have been gentrified, in Washington, D.C. 51%, in Minneapolis, Minn. 50%, in Seattle, WA. 50%, etc.

   The episode entitled Guns, tackled gun ownership and the American culture that finds security in keeping a gun at home.  Police have their gun holsters on their side.  Civilians tuck it in the back so it’s not bulging obvious.  In this episode, Jerrod’s comfortably tucking his gun in and out of his belt behind him reminded me of Reb who used to do the exact same thing.

   I must admit there’s something very wrong with me watching Jerrod and fondly remembering a man wearing a gun like an accessory.

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