Sunday, December 27, 2009

I Miss Claire Huxtable...

It's been about 18 years since people saw Claire Huxtable on their TV screens every week. When she was around, millions of people got to see a successful, beautiful, hard working, positive black woman, being shown as a dynamic mother and wife. She was a perfect blend of sexiness, intelligence, class, and elegance. Claire Huxtable paved the way for other powerful, successful, black female television personalities, both real and fictitious. Everyone from Whitley Gilbert and Toni Childs, to Oprah Winfrey was a product of the Claire Huxtable era of television.

Unfortunately though, all good things must come to an end. The Claire Huxtables of the world have been replaced by Nene Leakes, The Bad Girls Club and every black girl on any show on Vh1. Instead of seeing positive black mothers on television, we get treated to a weekly dose of Frankie & Neffe.

As a matter of fact, once Girlfriends and The Game got cut off, I think we lost just about every single show where black women aren't being portrayed as loud-mouthed, confrontational, oversexed, fame chasing coons. It's sickening how negatively black women are displayed to millions of viewers every day, but it's even more disturbing how many black women are the biggest supporters of these shows.

Out of all the Real Housewives series' on Bravo, it's no surprise that the most popular one happens to be the one with the predominantly black cast. That's because black female audiences tune in to watch our people embarrass themselves at a much higher rate than white female audiences do. White women would rather watch American Idol than keep Rock of Love on television. Meanwhile, For the Love of Ray J. continues to be one of Vh1's highest rated shows...guess who's watching.

Claire Huxtable couldn't survive on today's small screen if she tried. She spoke too intelligently to be folded into today's bad grammar and FCC censors. Her sexiness was too subtle to have gotten noticed in today's world of exposed cleavage and blurred out private parts. She set a bar for other black women to follow. So the next time you're sitting in front of the TV watching Nene cooning, or watching Porsha fight Natalie on Bad Girls Club, ask yourself what type of woman you would've grown up to become had you been looking at that mess back when you were searching the TV Guide for a black woman to aspire to.

-Ant

ant@theantandmikeshow.com

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