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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Although Lopez talks about the importance of diversity, multiculturalism, and unity, any positive messages are diluted by his use of racial/ethnic stereotypes.
Positive Role Models
Lopez is the first Latino late-night talk show host in the history of American television. While not everyone may agree with his attempts to reclaim stereotypes (or his reliance on cultural/ethnic humor, some of which can be pretty crude) he has broken down a lot of barriers.
Violence & Scariness
Jokes sometimes refer to guns, gang activity, and other violent events.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some strong sexual innuendo, including specific references to having sex and to various sexual acts. A celebrity guest dances on a stripper pole, and women are frequently shown dancing in skimpy outfits. One segment asks audience members to guess about the size of a man's penis.
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Words like "bitch" and "ass" are audible; curses like "s--t" are fully bleeped. Lopez also uses a lot of Spanish curse words.
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Products & Purchases
Like any late-night talk show, the series features celebrities promoting their latest projects.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some jokes refer to drinking and drug use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this late-night talk/comedy show hosted by comedian George Lopez supposedly celebrates diversity and cultural unity -- but Lopez frequently uses crude humor and racial/ethnic stereotyping to garner laughs. Expect frequent strong language (words like "s--t" are fully bleeped, while those like "bitch" -- and the wide variety of Spanish curses Lopez uses -- aren't) and jokes that refer to a variety of sexual acts, drinking, drug use, guns, and other violent activity. Women are shown in sexy outfits dancing during musical numbers.
Is It Any Good?
LOPEZ TONIGHT offers all of the traditional trappings of late-night entertainment but also attempts to offer messages about diversity, unity, and change inspired by Lopez's Chicano heritage. The comedian pays homage to multiculturalism by frequently referring to family-inspired racial/ethnic jokes and relying on crude cultural stereotypes (including jokes about the size of Asian genitalia and the racist nature of "white people") for laughs.
Lopez's place in the late-night roster is certainly groundbreaking and may even be inspiring for some. But his overuse of racial/ethnic humor leads to more cheap laughs than empowered moments. And sometimes he just isn't very funny. As a result, he seems to be undermining the very messages about change and cultural unity that he's trying to promote.
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