I ran a Shame Day post a while back about “Black History” (or the whitewashed version that gets fed to us), and in it, I referenced this clip with Morgan Freeman:
I promised to shortly address Mr. Freeman’s comments-
-and promptly forgot about it for two years.
Well overdue, here’s why we desperately need Black History, and why we simply don’t.
Bear with me here.
Because We Don’t Have Real History
Again, we’re fed an overwhelmingly whitewashed and simplistic version of history. Lincoln benevolently freed the slaves and then, roughly 100 years later, MLK Jr. led a series of peaceful protests which ended segregation, and everybody lived happily ever after.
In reality, folks largely lost faith in peaceful protest as the 60s wore on, turning instead to self-defense, nationalism, revolution, and other techniques.
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Tagged angela davis, Black History Month, Black Panther, Black Panther Party for Self Defense, Con, criticism, Eric Garner, Ferguson, Garner, heritage, history, huey p newton, liberal, lincoln, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. MLK JR., Michael Brown, MLK, Morgan Freeman, Pro, race, racism, Stokey Carmichael, White washed, whitewash
I love watching comedies when I’m in school. It allows me to check out mentally on those days when I feel like I can’t seem to turn off my brain. Although I am looking for thoughtless fluff, I still want to avoid straight-up terrible writing and plots. This makes my comedy search a little more difficult. Luckily, John and I came across Galavant, which provides what I am looking for in at least the following five ways.
1.It’s funny, without being offensive
I hate Seth MacFarlane. Just don’t like the guy at all. Yet his form of humour (i.e. let’s see how far we can push the line without getting in too much trouble) seems to dominate contemporary comedy. There certainly have been times when I have laughed at Family Guy or American Dad, but more often than not they leave me with a sour taste in my mouth.
One of the only gif’s from Family Guy that made me laugh instead of cringe.
I still want something that will surprise me into laughing out loud, but I don’t want to only ever be surprised because the punch line was too offensive for me to be expecting it.
Unlike McFarlane’s shows, Galavant is all about pushing around puns and being- well, for lack of a better word- silly. After being bombarded with jokes that make fun of real life trauma, it’s nice to be able to laugh at something because it’s just silly.
Posted in Comedy, music, television
Tagged American Dad, cameos, diversity, Family Guy, Friends, funny, Galavant, How I Met Your Mother, humour, John Stamos, Karen David, Luke Youngblood, Medieval, New Girl, offensive, puns, Richy Gervais, Seth MacFarland, silly, The Mindy Project, third-wheel, Weird Al Yankovich, whitewash, Xanax, your-mom