Friday, July 02, 2004

Cosby Goes "Barbershop"

It seems like Bill Cosby is tired of being the genial black comic, because he's taken on a new people. He did this in the past, but now he's making people mad. Check out his comments at the commemoration of Brown vs. Board of Education on how some African-Americans talk, raise their kids, make crude music, etc. Personally, I think it's hysterical, almost like a comedy routine. But I also admit that if these things were said by a white comedian, they would be absolutely racist.


Mauricem said...

It's amazing the way some people are reacting to the truth. He's trying to tell people to better themselves, but the black community prefers to perceive themselves as victims than beings in control of their own fate.
The recent "dirty south" slang style that's popular in hip-hop where they intentionally mispronounce words with the "err" sound is a good example of what Bill is talking about (ex. Here = Herr).
It's funny because I've heard so little of Dr. Cosby since the late eighties that I was beginning to wonder what he was up too (I thought it was part of a conspiracy). Looks like he's starting a new life as an activist.

Monkey Migraine said...

They had a show on NPR's Talk of the Nation about this. It's probably archived if you want to check it out.