MovieChat Forums > That '70s Show Discussion > Do you consider this show racist ?

Do you consider this show racist ?


The main group of friends are all white except Fez but he's not black so do you consider the show racist?

reply

Are there any racist jokes or anything to do with racism? If the answer is yes, then this show is racist.

God dang it I'm good

reply

Wow right over your millennial head.

reply

Main characters being white? yep, definetly racist
Why does everything revolve around white people these days?

You said it yourself pal, we're the guardians of the galaxy!

reply

This show was from the 90s so this has been an ongoing issue.

smh

reply

1998, that's hardly the 90's anymore. This is an early 2000s show. And no, this show is not racist no matter how much YOU millennials want everything to be. And as someone else said, they had two black characters who were far more successful and sophisticated than any of the main white cast. If this show where racist then they wouldn't be friends with fez, and they wouldnt promote interracial relationships and would hsve Fez just date other Hispanics/Mexicans/Latinas only. And this is set in Wisconsin in the 70s, so most likely there wouldn't be a large black or Hispanic community up there.





"Get out here, son! There's a doin's a transpirin'!!"

reply

You millennials are so naive. Get a clue.

reply

What they're asking is: Do you have any PROOF of racism; or are you one of those triggered twits who yells "RACISM!!! OMG!!!" all the time?

Or my isn't name...

reply

I'm asking all of you, genius.

reply

I really could not roll my eyes hard enough. I'm glad the message boards will make trolls like you scramble for attention places where I am not.

-
Consider the daffodil. And while you're doing that I'll be over here looking through your stuff.

reply

Hyde's father is black, so Hyde is black as well, according to people (ppl) who measure those things. What do you think the percentage of whites in Wisconsin was back then, anyway(s)? About 95%.


Just repeat to yourself, 'It's just a show, I should really just relax.'--MST3K

reply

No he's white no matter what the stupid story line claims he is. Nice try.

reply

Hyde would be like 40 % African, at most (depending on what his father's African percentage might be). But yes, that would have been more than black enough according to the old "one drop" rule.

reply

And it takes place post-1960s when more black themed shows started to appear....

reply

It's supposed to be set in the 1970's when the idea of a token person of color was 'enough' to be multicultural. His also being foreign vs from America was supposed to cover bases too. They weren't supposed to give him serious air time--just have him say random lines and look cute. It looks odd now because our ideas of what is a liveable society have moved forward.

reply

Forward? Wouldn't "forward" be more in line with MLK's "I have a dream" speech? Forward would be a blind eye to ethnicity instead of the magnified scrutiny we have of it today. Far from "forward". You can't swim to the other side of a pool until you let go the side you are on. Clinging to the belief that absolutely everything is ethnically motivated is far worse than the converse of saying nothing is ever ethnically motivated. Worse in that it is damaging to ascribe meaning to things based on your own bias and perception instead of looking for what is really there. Overuse "racism" and any real meaning is diluted down at best and lost at worst.

reply

King was very conservative at that point in time. He assumed that people could intergrate into the existing early/mid 1960's society as it was.

reply

It's funny you say Hyde's father was black cause his father was a white guy in the early seasons of the show and then later changed to black. Also this show is not racist. Also I'm tired of this hardcore liberal crap of taking every popular old TV show or movie and saying it's racist cause it has an all white cast. Guess you must hate most popular American movies from before the 2000s just because there's no black people in the leading roles.

reply

missing the point. The show is supposed to mock the 70's....so it's also going to mock 70's ideas of multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion.

It looks odd...etc to us now bc we expect all people (including on TV) to do and or say more.

Not enough to just show up and say random things.

reply

It's not supposed to have our 'current' understanding of what is culturally appropriate.

reply

No.

reply

Answer to original question: No.

Was the show funny after the third season? Rarely.

reply

Why does he have to be Black?

reply

Not every show needs a main black character. The show show wasn't racists at all. Black characters appeared throughout and had fun brief stories with the cast which was fine.

reply

A show needs to have it's own integrity. If we can sense that a show is punching all the right buttons, we won't like it as much. Sanford and Son was no beacon in the night ! It was downright rude, which is what made it funny.
Then we have black*ish, a show that prides itself on it's exclusive theme. What are we supposed to do?

reply

and I am sure in a couple of years blackish will be considered 'odd' too.

reply

I consider you an idiot

reply