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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Vs. The Cosby Show:
Reaffirming Racism and Stereotypes

The Cosby Show Cast from the 2nd  season
The Cosby Show Cast from the 2nd season
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The Fresh Prince of Bel Air's cast after replacing original wife Vivian from Janet Hubert Whitten to Daphne Maxwell Reid
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air's cast after replacing original wife Vivian from Janet Hubert Whitten to Daphne Maxwell Reid

In this episode Cliff and his wife find a joint in Theo's bag and confronts him about it. Theo assures them that its not his and they believe him. Although they believe him, Theo feels the need to confront the guy and bring him to his house so that he can tell his parents that the joint was not his. Theo is so passionate about keeping his parents trust that he is willing to fight the guy who is clearly bigger than he is. The guy agrees to go to Theo's house and admit that the joint was in fact his. In a perfect world Americans can agree that this scenario would be very ideal but in reality this scenario rarely happens in black communities. The Cosby show addressed the issue of teen drug abuse, but in a very light way. The sad reality is that teens experiment with drugs all the time, not only in lower class communities, but in upper class communities as well.





The Cosby Family sit down and eat a meal.
The Cosby Family sit down and eat a meal.
Most Minority families in the U.S do not sit down at least once a day to eat a meals together, but the Huxtables sat down to eat with each other quite often. The Huxtables were clearly not your average lower class family. They were an upper-middle class family so of course the traditions and values that they practiced were not similar to you average low income family in the U.S.
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In this episode Will has an interview at Bel Air Academy. He shows no interest in the schools curriculum, education or going of to college after graduation.The admissions officer is very unimpressed until Will solves the rubix cube, that the admissions officer had been working on for weeks, within seconds. The admissions officer is vexed and amazed by how fast Will solves the rubix cube and admits him into Bel Air-Academy.
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

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In this video Carlton is dressed in "street attire" and is not speaking in his normal manner. Although Will bet Carlton that he couldn't survive hanging in the Compton neighborhood he is vexed by Carlton's actions. For once Carlton was able to fit in with Will's friends and prove to Will that he too was just as 'Black" as Will.


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The two clips below show Theo and Vanessa being punished in two different situations.



White Racism and The Cosby Show

Works Cited

Murchison, J. (2007, November 7). The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Retrieved November 1, 2011, from WordPress.com weblog: http://com489group8.wordpress.com/page/4/\

Works Cited

Budd, M. (1992, July). Whire racism and The Cosby Show. Retrieved 11 3, 2011, from Jump Cut a reveiw of contemporary media: http://www.ejumpcut.org/archive/onlinessays/JC37folder/Cosby.html