Yesha Callahan

NY Post Writer Says Black-ish Perpetuates Racist Stereotypes

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New York Post writer Andrea Peyser has issues with Black-ish. Apparently Peyser thinks the show is perpetuates racist stereotypes. Something which shows like Seinfeld never did.

In her article, Peyser totally agrees with comments Donald Trump made when the show premiered.

“How is ABC Television allowed to have a show entitled ‘Black-ish’? ” the real-estate developer and reality-TV babe, a white guy, tweeted in October. “Can you imagine the furor of a show, ‘White-ish’! Racism at highest level?’’

Why in the world would anyone want to ever agree with anything Trump says is beyond me.

From the NY Post:

“Black-ish’’ brings about the same kind of racial lunacy, making people of all skin colors appear biased, clueless and, most of all, racist. The show presents tortured portrayals of African-Americans with money, pushing the false notion that affluent blacks become middle-class members of the bourgeoisie — folks derided as “bougie’’ (pronounced bhoo-shee) in the show’s parlance.

In “Black-ish,’’ Anthony Anderson, one of the show’s co-executive producers, plays Andre “Dre’’ Johnson Sr., a black version of the white, race-obsessed Archie Bunker character from the 1970s TV sitcom “All in the Family.’’ A successful advertising executive, Dre is married to a doctor, Rainbow, or “Bow’’ (Tracee Ellis Ross), whose mother is black and father white, which Dre apparently sees as a shortcoming. In several cringe-worthy scenes, he rubs his wife’s mixed-race parentage in her face.

So with her reasoning, is it safe to say Peyser also thought the “bhoo-shee” Huxtables were racist as well? Does Peyser only want to see black families like the Evans from Good Times on TV? Color me confused.

Peyser truly is grasping at straws here and should learn how to be a better troll.

  1. April 7, 2015 - Reply

    So the complaint is the bougie stereotype? Yawn. This person is probably white if not..why the trump quote out of all quotes?

  2. April 7, 2015 - Reply

    i can tell by the examples he uses that he’s only watched the first episode. meanwhile i’m a-ok w/white folks tearing up over shows that aren’t for them. i’ll wait for him to publish his race-analysis on the goldbergs, fresh off the boat, and cristela… a bunch of shows that all play off cultural hyperboles that people can relate to.

    • April 7, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      That’s an excellent point. He won’t make similar critiques about the Goldbergs, Fresh off the boat, etc. Peyser is hypocritical in that regard.

      • April 7, 2015 - Reply

        @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

        Actually, before FOTB premiered, it was already slammed for being racist and prejudiced. Funny enough, the ppl slamming it were White. Asian-Americans were thrilled about it. I love FOTB with it’s comedic look on the immigrant story, which is most of our stories actually.

        • April 7, 2015 - Reply

          @AfroCapricornette

          I assume that xenophobia would be one reason why the FOTB had so much opposition in the beginning. I heard of great things from the show. Some people from the show were featured on the Melissa Harris-Perry show. The immigrant story has the right to be shown. In our lives, we need humor too. Life is not serious all of the time.

          • April 7, 2015 - Reply

            @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

            I make it a point to support (by watching) minority shows when I can. So Blackish, FOTB, Cristela etc. it also helps that they’re really LOL funny!

            • April 7, 2015 - Reply

              @AfroCapricornette

              They are really good shows. Blackish gets better and better.

            • April 8, 2015 - Reply

              @AfroCapricornette

              You should check an African City as well. It’s on YouTube.

              • April 9, 2015 - Reply

                @ZORINO

                Ooh yessir. I know it well. I watched the first season and will check for the second. I watch some Nollywood online. Not sure mainstream America is ready for that! Lol…

        • April 7, 2015 - Reply

          @AfroCapricornette

          ain’t it funny how white folks get extra defensive whenever they find out parts of the world aren’t sitting around waiting for a chance to worship them? i’m glad fotb got green-lighted. i don’t remember any chinese american shows airing on primetime before this one… definitely not any that have been a hit & it’s a shame. the chinese community deserves to see representation of themselves as much as anyone else. there’s enough light for everyone to shine w/o anyone having to kowtow around anybody else’s insecurities. white folks need to hurry up & learn that before their heads explode from finally noticing how diverse the world & this country really is.

          • April 13, 2015 - Reply

            @Me

            There was the Korean-American Margaret Cho sitcom, American Girl, which I liked and was funny. Only lasted a year on ABC 1994-1995.

            • April 13, 2015 - Reply

              @OliviaPopeStyle

              never heard of it. i’ll check if i can find old videos of it online & check it out.

              • April 13, 2015 - Reply

                @Me

                It was a 90’s frontrunner for the diverse/immigrant family comedies we’ve been talking about. As I recall, it was the grandma that got to be hilarious.

    • April 7, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      My thoughts exactly. That was the first episode when he teased her about being mixed-race and she retorted back as usual. Did she watch episodes after that where they tackle normal American family issues like teen daughter dating or the dreaded in-laws coming over? She seems to think only Black ppl watch it. I watch all the family shows and love’ em: FOTB is a hoot. The little boys are practically edible lol…they’re sooooo cuties!!!

      • April 7, 2015 - Reply

        @AfroCapricornette

        omg. i love fotb so much. i wasn’t even expecting to b/c i don’t know a lot of chinese folks so i thought i wouldn’t be able to relate to the jokes, but every week i am busting a gut. the mom is hilarious! shows like this is why i found respect for abc this yr (i had them crossed off after they merged w/disney & espn yrs ago). i think they did a great job of giving audiences lots of comedy styles mixed in w/cultural perspectives that everybody can relate to. they get an a+ on this season’s sitcom line up as far as i’m concerned.

        • April 7, 2015 - Reply

          @Me

          Jessica (FOTB mom) is hilarious. Her deadpan is something else lol. Yeah, ABC has practically stolen me from CBS. Their family comedies appeal to everyone regardless of race/nationality.

        • April 7, 2015 - Reply

          @Me

          Yes! I thought I was the only one! The mom is hysterical. I loved the episode when she decides to get her real estate license but chickens out. Ha!

  3. April 7, 2015 - Reply

    Ugh I want white people to get a life and leave us alone. Black-ish is not different than Modern Family. I enjoy both shows.

  4. April 7, 2015 - Reply

    These people must be set up to fish out and comment on anything Black oriented. That cannot really be that bored with life to worry about some show with a Black cast.

    With all the recent comments being made from everything from having too many POC in shows, thus leaving out the poor White actors/actresses, to Empire, to Black Girls Rock, and now Black-ish, it makes me wonder if there’s a pointed effort to disrupt everything we do. Why do they care so much? They don’t have to even deal with it or watch the show. Are they trying to annoy us or divert our attention by coming up with foolish commentary on things they probably don’t even watch.

    I think we feed the beast when we keep giving these insignificant people a forum.

    • April 7, 2015 - Reply

      @noirluv45

      Exactly! *hisses* That Deadline article was DOA with me. Just like the silly NYT article (“less classically beautiful”). So because of Empire, Blackish, FOTB, there are too many POC shows on TV??? Really?? Maybe if we ignore them, they just go away when they see we can’t be riled up again. Wishful thinking…

  5. April 7, 2015 - Reply

    I love this show. This Peyser person is an idiot

  6. April 7, 2015 - Reply

    I have not looked at the show. I don’t know too much about the show except what people have said about it (and watching scenes of the how on the Internet). From what I have heard and read, the show is mostly a satire mixed wit humor. It describes a satire about not only about race, but about the debates many black families have on education, relationships, love in general, racial history, black culture, and a diversity of other important topics. The show in its composition I don’t feel is trying to perpetrate massive stereotypes. I think it tries to show issues to their audiences and try to display a mixture of comedy and satire. In that sense, people can be entertained and think about relevant social issues going on in the world. Peyser is using hyperbole to assume that Black-ish wants to portray people of all skin colors as biased, clueless, and racist. For Peyser to assume that is silly.

    • April 7, 2015 - Reply

      @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      you hit it on the head. it’s a pretty good family show if you ever do decide to watch. i think white folks are just mad that the recent success of black shows didn’t come w/a bunch of apologies from the black community for not including whites. even before the show started i had read comments about “if there was a show called white-ish all hell would break loose”. they don’t care what the show is about. they only care that it’s all black & nobody had to kiss white butts to make it successful.

      • April 7, 2015 - Reply

        @Me

        One thing that I get from the show Black-Is is that it is not condescending. The show is not trying to talk at you. The show is trying to talk with you on issues relevant to black people and people across America. Reasonable people understand that the show is not trying to act racist. The show is trying to confront racism in a witty, satirical way, so society can open their eyes on various issues progressively. Yes, some white folks falsely equate black solidarity or a show filled with black people as equivalent to racism. Racism deals with power and prejudice as well. White racists use prejudice and power as a means to oppress human beings in dealing with housing, jobs, and other aspects of society. Peyser is using a distraction from the real issue about how black people have the right to express their intellectual curiosity firmly without the approval of the white establishment. We don’t hate anybody. We just love our natural creativity and our strong heritage as black people.

        • April 7, 2015 - Reply

          @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

          “We don’t hate anybody. We just love our natural creativity and our strong heritage as black people.”

          i wish everybody could just understand this point.

          • April 7, 2015 - Reply

            @Me

            Me too Sister.

          • April 7, 2015 - Reply

            @Me

            They dont want to understand it. Theyve done all they could to take our pride away.

            • April 8, 2015 - Reply

              @Love.tweet.joi

              Preach Sister.

              • April 8, 2015 - Reply

                @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

                🙂 I honestly learned so much about racism in two years in TX. I used to really not understand the endgame of racism. It’s all about the loss of pride and self respect. Once I realized that, I displayed my confidence intentionally, to piss them off. The source of many of my problems assimilating in TX came from my unwillingness to know my place and to accept the roll of being inferior. Once it was clear that I wasnt going to become that person, institutional racism kicked in. My leaving actually made people upset because I left the same person I was when I arrived. If I go back, they should be afraid of MY endgame.

                • April 8, 2015 - Reply

                  @Love.tweet.joi

                  I always heard stories about the intense racism in TX. One thing that they hate is for a black person to display great confidence and strength. Racism is an institution too that has been utilized to oppress others. That’s cool for you to show confidence intentionally. 🙂 These evil racists are not infallible and they certainly know the truth too. They know the truth about the beauty of black culture and the gift of our melanin. They just have an intense hatred and jealousy of the resiliency of the black collective. One thing that they hate is being exposed. Everytime that they are exposed in public, they cop pleas (and become angry). One lesson that I have learned is to advance positive energy. Once, we expose their silly games and build in our communities, then we can bless others more readily.

                  Go ahead on with ya good self then.

                  Goodnight Sister.

      • April 7, 2015 - Reply

        @Me

        You know what. I will decide the watch the show.

        • April 7, 2015 - Reply

          @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

          Please do! We love it! Laurence Fishburne, Jennifer Lewis are…no words…their dead pan and mannerisms are just hilarious. They tackle issues everyone relates to.

          The previous one was about Dre hitting 40 and still trying to act cool when his body is saying otherwise. Lmao!! My mom cracked at this one cos she understood the struggle!

          • April 7, 2015 - Reply

            @AfroCapricornette

            I guess you have sold me on watching the show as well. Laurence Fishburne and Jennifer Lewis are very talented people.

  7. April 7, 2015 - Reply

    The NY Post and Donald Trump don’t like it, it must actually be a hit in its demographic!

  8. April 7, 2015 - Reply

    I remember living on campus with three white roommates. When Stacey would have the remote she would click past any show that had a black person on it so fast, she never even stopped to see what the show was about. It’s amazing that white people ever watched The Cosby Show.

  9. April 8, 2015 - Reply

    It’s been a typically brutal winter up here in Canada and it has been snowing this month. Now, though, there is the odd patch of grass popping up after so many blizzards and I know this person would look at those lonely blades of grass and shout, ‘Where’s all the snow?’

    • April 8, 2015 - Reply

      @Jo 'Mama' Besser

      lol. i bet he would. or maybe even mow down that patch of grass b/c it was melting the snow.

      • April 8, 2015 - Reply

        @Me

        Oh, glory, you know it.

  10. April 8, 2015 - Reply

    It’s obvious that the writer doesn’t watch the show. It’s obvious he has no knowledge of the culture that is being explored in Black-ish. And honestly there very well could be a show called White-ish if someone could figure out what that is.

    Seinfeld is a bad comparison. I love Seinfeld but that show wasn’t about anything – which everyone can relate to.

  11. April 9, 2015 - Reply

    all shows on tv, movies and literature are based on stereotypes and the literary plots of shakespeare; i.e., deliverance, in cold blood, the andy Griffith show, American crime (which is a very good example of stereotyping), etc. some of the people on judge judy can be used as characters in movies and tv sitcoms.

    why just pick on the black shows and movies?

    racist black stereotyping has it’s origins in white entertainment — the characters in operas and minstrel shows were played by white characters in blackface. the white characters in blackface represented what they (white people) perceived as the physical and behavioral characteristics of black people. those characteristics and actions were exaggerated, exacerbated and animated to bring about laughter and a good paycheck to whites during slavery and jim crow. black people never really developed their own individual characteristics and personality during slavery. the African was beaten out of black people during slavery. black characteristics were never really seen by white people.

    some black actors made a really good living continuing the trend started by blackface because it proved to be so successful — willie best, hattie McDaniel, stepin fetchit, etc.

    stereotyping can be positive or negative. when it comes to black people, we seem to focus on negative stereotypes. with white people, we as black people seem to focus on positive stereotypes.

    for the sitcom black-ish, would the situation be a little better if the characters were white and in blackface? of course the show would still be entitled black-ish.

  12. April 9, 2015 - Reply

    Complaining is a daily bread for some people.

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