The Carmichael Show is a show on NBC that talked about ‘uncomfortable issues’ in the United States. The creator, Jerrod Carmichael is actually a native of Winston Salem, North Carolina, whose unscrupulous stand up has been becoming increasingly popular in the last couple of years. His standup is mostly popular with liberal Whites, then Black people. His style of comedy is to bring light to sociopolitical issues through dry fact-of-the-matters coupled with harsh criticisms from every angle. NBC’s website even says that in the show he created, “nothing is too taboo to explore”… until it is. NBC made the decision to blank out whole sentences containing the n-word for viewing audiences in an episode which whole basis was around the use of the word. Another censoring move by the network was to not air an episode regarding a mass shooting, which is something that unfortunately happens way too often in the United States. The network said it was due to the mass shootings that had just occurred the day the episode was supposed to be aired. There are many things that go on in this country that make it far from being great, and this show put it in the forefront; too bad it’s being cancelled. The ratings for this show were steady enough to keep it going, but the difficulty from the network that the creators had to deal with may have discouraged lead creator, Jerrod Carmichael to return for a fourth season. Many say that the no-holds-barred nature of the show was unique to the traditional sitcom format, and will be considered as something ‘special’ in the way these issues were presented.
What might it mean for/to you? Ultimately, it depends on what side you’re on, either it means nothing to you, something that is un-empathizable, things that you can laugh at that you’ve never experienced. Maybe you’re offended at these serious topics being presented in a satirical nature. On the other side of the coin, it could be something that bares relentless truths that mirror your life experience as a citizen of the United States, maybe it is a mix of the two. A viewer might watch this show and say “well that’s not true”, but to someone it is, and there are things that happen every day to people this particular viewer may never experience in a lifetime. Some citizens turn a blind eye to the fact that race or gun control or gender or any other controversial aspect that comes with being an American in 2017 makes a difference in people’s lives, it would be ignorant to think that these factors do not influence daily life. Controversy should not be ignored or avoided; it should be addressed.