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The People Are Not Feeling ‘Good Times’

#BoycottGoodTimes is already a thing

Cast members of the new “Good Times” series include J.B. Smoove, Marsai Martin, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jay Pharoah, and Gerald “Slink” Johnson.

Netflix recently released the trailer for their new series “Good Times,” an animated version of the classic 70s TV sitcom we all know. But instead of fans being excited for a reboot of the show coming out April 12th, people are calling it out big time on X. People are in the comments saying the characters seem like walking stereotypes. Needless to say, the portrayal of this Black family is stirring up controversy.

Fans have been blowing up X demanding the show be canceled or boycotted. Some are saying it’s not made for Black people or by Black people, but rather about Black people. In the trailer, you see a Black dad dealing with his kids — one with a low IQ, a daughter with a sketchy boyfriend, and some wild neighbors. They’re living in the projects, just like in the original “Good Times,” but it feels off.

Sure, the show’s trying to piggyback off the idea of a Black family struggling in public housing, but using tired stereotypes just isn’t cutting it anymore. We’re past that, or at least we should be.

And what’s worse? The executive producer behind it is Seth MacFarlane, the same guy behind “Family Guy” and “The Cleveland Show” — both full of stereotypes. People are calling him out for this move and another exec Norman Lear who was sued by Black screenwriter Eric Monte who accused Lear of stealing his idea for “Good Times,” “The Jeffersons,” and “What’s Happening.” Ironically, Lear was a producer on the original “Good Times.” Even Steph Curry, who is also listed as an executive producer, is getting talked about too.

X user, Brother Legend, is pointing out some serious reasons to boycott including profiting off Black trauma and cultural appropriation.

This reboot might seem funny on the surface, but it’s got some serious problems underneath. One scene in the trailer really stands out to me: when the brother asks about the struggle, and the sister just brushes it off like it’s no big deal because “We’re Black. It’ll still be here tomorrow.”

Check out the trailer below. Will you be watching? Hit me up and let me know.

 

By Jayla Johnson, Illinois State University Alum

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Written by Jayla Johnson

Jayla Johnson is an Illinois State University alumni and blogger for her own website JJMedia, which spotlights digital creations and interviews people in the field.

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