I loves all music, and as a musician, recognize the foundation that groups like Run-DMC constructed in the evolution of rap and even R&B music. I also think that as parents on the show, they have done a good job with their kids. Very nice, respectful, and well meaning kids.
Having said that, I would find it perplexing and intellectually dishonest to voice my support for the premise of this illed conceived show, on many grounds. I would be curious to hear what facts, life experiences, or entertaining criteria used by those commenting support for the show. As a black American, it would sad and disturbing if their support of the show has been simply because it is a "black family" show. I would think us to be a bit more sophisticated then that. On that note, I found some supporting comments that lacked substance or, relevance to dignifying the shows’ premise. Some of these comments include:
COMMENT 1: “thx run dmc for making rap alive”
My question: I agree with his impact on rap music, but this one thing does little to uplift the show’s premise.
COMMENT 2: “I was so pleased with the overall message. My eleven year and eighteen year old daughters love it as well as my husband.”
My question: What overall message in the show elevates to a point inspiring an 11 year old child? Let’s see: there is no message of education, schooling, and academics (either visually, conversation-wise, showing the kids going to school or, talking about school)
COMMENT 3: “The Simmons' are the modern day Cosby's!”
My question: Say what!!!! You have got to be kidding, or on another planet! Please list at least 2 ways in which both families mirror each other.
COMMENT 4: “I think the topics you talk about are touching every one.!”
My question: I’m curious to know what topics on the show you refer to that could possibly be affecting or relevant to the average black family in the ghetto (where Simmons came from). Is it how the father is always talking about what to buy next with their money, rather then, how is school going? Or, aside from rapping, what could possibly be motivating the boys, especially, in terms of academics, etc. Oh! I’m sorry, did I mentioned school, books,…Oops! Do I have the wrong show? Or, is it about the community service that Simmons offers, by going back to his old hood and supporting it in some way….something that would probably inspire his kids to look beyond themselves at times. Oops! Do I have the wrong show again?
I’m hoping that those of you, especially black folks like me, will give themselves some time to really think about whether this show is really about who we are, rather then it being nothing more then a "show"..