Friday, September 18, 2009

BC--Before Clinton

In an interview with Bill Cosby on the 25th anniversary of The Cosby Show, we get this question:

The political backdrop of The Cosby Show was the last of Reaganomics and the beginning of the Clinton years. How much were politics forced upon you, and how much did you seek it out?

Why do people ask silly questions like this? Really it's the prologue which bothers me most, as it wants to be some sort of stab at relevance, while it's actually meaningless and has nothing to do with the question. While popular culture can reflect the climate of the times, it's usually silly to try to tie movies or TV shows into some alleged general tone set by the President.

I might add The Cosby Show was on from 1984 to 1992, which means four years of Reagan and four years of Bush. So the show was created and most popular during Reagan's most successful years, and ended before Clinton was elected. In fact, at the time its last episode aired, it looked possible Bill Clinton would finish third. But from the way the question is asked, you'd figure the show aired during the last gasp of Reaganomics (for convenience' sake I'm assuming Reaganomics ended when Reagan left office) and when a new breeze from Clinton was changing the nation.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cosby himself gets a bit political in the interview. It's always a bad sign when celebrities get political.

8:01 AM, September 18, 2009  

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