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I’ve never liked Blackish. That show has black stereotypes up the wazoo, and so the Johnsons don’t always behave in a manner which brings honor to black people. Consequently, I’ve made a point of avoiding watching Grownish, and I have until today, when I was in a position where I wasn’t in control of the TV. I was exposed to the episode “Better”. We’ve got Zoey taking a shot at the international students for no reason at all and a Dean of Students who, instead of acting like the educated, dignified man he’s supposed to be, acts like the urban black stereotype king come right out of the hood. How is Zoey supposed to get an education in a place like this?
After we get through with the Dean Diggity, one of Zoey’s friends starts going on about Shabbat, and you know this show isn’t going to handle it properly. Cut to a large crowd of people yelling “Happy Shabbat!”
At this point, I’ve seen enough, and I ask for the television to be tuned to The View. Its track record isn’t exactly perfect, either, but I knew they’d at least try harder to do civil rights the right way on Martin Luther King Day.
Grown-ish spun off pretty quickly. It’s not like a lot of other spin-offs, an offshoot of an established credit to media and an experimental endeavor to extend its positive impact. Rather, it’s more like Grown-ish serves as a duplicate of the greatest flaws of Black-ish.
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