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Bill Cosby on Making a Good 'Muslim Cosby Show'
Henry Louis Gates' "The Root" ^ | 19 Feb | Desmond-Harris

Posted on 02/21/2011 9:02:55 AM PST by flowerplough

Bill Cosby was listening when Katie Couric suggested last year that a "Muslim Cosby Show" could help combat Islamophobia in America, and he agreed. After all, didn't the series prove to a lot of people that (surprise!) black people had families, careers, senses of humor and ugly sweaters, just like the rest of America?

In response to The Root's response that the idea was oversimplified, that perhaps finding a cure for hatred toward Muslims was a little outside his area of expertise and that The Daily Show's spoof of the limitations of the idea was hilariously on point, Cosby picked up the phone and called us from backstage at a comedy show where he was about to perform.

Sounding exactly like Cliff Huxtable giving a fatherly lecture that was at once rambling and wise, passionate and lighthearted, in-your-face honest and insightful, he let us know exactly where he was coming from. Casually. Warmly. While audibly eating dinner. (We could only imagine it was one of those sandwiches or cakes Cliff used to sneak from the kitchen, against Clair's healthy-eating orders.)

The bottom line: No, the show wouldn't be a perfect solution. But yes, it would be a good idea. Like The Cosby Show, it would have to start off by tiptoeing around people's prejudices by keeping things comfortable ...

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TOPICS: Religion; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: katietheclown; mrskippy; perkypig
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1 posted on 02/21/2011 9:03:01 AM PST by flowerplough
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To: flowerplough

Already have a sitcom in Canada
“Little Mosque on the Prairie”

9/11 jokes and everything......*sigh*


2 posted on 02/21/2011 9:07:31 AM PST by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: flowerplough
Muslims Pictures, Images and Photos

I'm partial to "Fresh Prince of Bahrain" myself.

3 posted on 02/21/2011 9:11:12 AM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: libertarian27

Has little mohammed “honor killed” his sister yet..... What great family tv....Ughh


4 posted on 02/21/2011 9:11:31 AM PST by jakerobins
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To: flowerplough

“The main thing necessary for the triumph of Islam is for ‘good’ Muslims to say nothing...”


5 posted on 02/21/2011 9:12:03 AM PST by mikrofon (Burke's Law)
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To: flowerplough
"That's when [the cab drivers] will break out pictures of the children. These are people from different countries in Africa, all of 'em males -- I've not met the females yet.

Gee, Bill, have you ever wondered why you haven't met the females?

After his blacks need to take responsibility for themselves speech a few years ago I thought he got it. I see I was wrong.

6 posted on 02/21/2011 9:12:11 AM PST by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: flowerplough

How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.…A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities ... but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome. [The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pp. 248-50. Sir Winston Churchill]


7 posted on 02/21/2011 9:12:40 AM PST by djf (Sometimes you are The Old Man and the Sea. But most times, you are the fish!!)
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To: flowerplough

I think the Bernie Mac show was a more honest representation of blacks despite the fact that he was a wealthy Beverly Hills black man.


8 posted on 02/21/2011 9:15:02 AM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: flowerplough

Katie Couric should volunteer to join the project. She could be the First Wife, and wear a burkha so we don’t actually have to look at her.


9 posted on 02/21/2011 9:16:07 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: flowerplough
He needed a new bowling ball-couldn't afford one-improvised-prosecuted for his ingenuity.
10 posted on 02/21/2011 9:17:29 AM PST by F.J. Mitchell (America is ailin' and the one and ONLY cure is Palin.)
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To: Snickering Hound
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11 posted on 02/21/2011 9:17:51 AM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: flowerplough

I think Showtime might want to experiment with Dhimmster, a show about serial murderer who kills dhimmis and also helps out on the odd honor killing or two.


12 posted on 02/21/2011 9:18:13 AM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: flowerplough

I wrote a screenplay for a pilot for a series about Muslims. They said it didn’t leave much room for additional episodes. Dad remarried and moved back to Vilestan with his wives. The oldest son blew up himself and the goalposts at the high school stadium two hours after everyone had left. (He had trouble with the detonator.) The younger son was in jail for murder. The daughter was dating a Christian until the younger son found out.


13 posted on 02/21/2011 9:39:04 AM PST by magslinger (Samuel Colt, feminist. Making women equal to men for over 150 years.)
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To: Snickering Hound

“I’m partial to “Fresh Prince of Bahrain” myself.”

I like “Fat Mohammed” myself...


14 posted on 02/21/2011 9:42:14 AM PST by goseminoles
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To: flowerplough
It can't work because if they make the Muslim family so moderate that lib America would warm up to them

(no burks, Jewish friends, westerninsted wife and daughter, interfaith dating, gays, even a having a dog)

...the fundamentalist Muslims would be outraged and riot around the world saying is was slander...

if they make them so the fundamentalist Muslims are happy their "good Muslims" America would be horrified

15 posted on 02/21/2011 9:42:22 AM PST by tophat9000 (.............................. BP + BO = BS ...........................Formula for a disaster...)
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To: flowerplough
Katie Couric suggested last year that a "Muslim Cosby Show" could help combat Islamophobia in America,

Some philosophers, such as Plato, believed that morality should be taught by professors and by philosophy books. Others, such as Hume, believed that it is best taught by poems and and by fiction writers.

16 posted on 02/21/2011 9:45:52 AM PST by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: flowerplough
By leveraging the universal appeal of family, he says, the program would force people who have unfounded bitterness toward Islam to stop and ask themselves, "Have I been a hater?"

No Mr. Cosby, I am not a hater, and have had many Muslim friends. If you're trying this hard to change minds, then something else is wrong. We're just not naive and living in ivory towers or gated communities like elite members of the chattering class.

Decades ago, one of my engineering professors (from Iran) warned those of us who would listen, that the people coming over here were not the same as previous immigrants who wanted freedom. He warned us to be careful.

Bill -- "When I get into taxicabs and/or limousines .... then I say, 'How is the family?'

"That's when [the cab drivers] will break out pictures of the children. These are people from different countries in Africa, all of 'em males -- I've not met the females yet. But they talk about the family, they talk about what the children are doing, what they themselves are doing.

Bill, you need to open you eyes...


17 posted on 02/21/2011 10:10:17 AM PST by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: flowerplough

1. Wife Swap (so what if it’s used already)

2. Don’t Lose Your Head

3. Hacked Off (sitcom or reality show)

4. Taxicab Honor Killings

5. Stop Doing That or I’ll Kill You

6. My Honor’s Worth More Than Your Life

7. Who’s Under That Burka?

8. CSI Detroit: Sharia Law

9. Honey, I honor killed the kids (and you’re next)

10. The Young and the Headless

11. America’s Next Top Suicide Bomber

12. How I Met Your Mother(s)

13. Survivor: Islamabad

14. That 1370’s Show

15. Everybody Loves Allah (or they die)

16. This Old Mosque


18 posted on 02/21/2011 10:24:42 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

17.The Beverly Arabs


19 posted on 02/21/2011 10:29:12 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Farmer Dean
The Beverly Hills Arabs/Muslim....I do believe I saw a spoof like this on Saturday Night Live or Mad TV and it was funny as hell
20 posted on 02/21/2011 11:23:58 AM PST by tophat9000 (.............................. BP + BO = BS ...........................Formula for a disaster...)
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To: flowerplough
They are already planting Muslim characters in all kinds of shows, to demonstrate how normal and unthreatening these people are. For example, Abed is the smartest and nicest character in a show called "Community". That is taking the "Magic Negro" concept and using it for Muslims.

There is a big push on right now for Indians, too, but at least they truly are non-threatening. Kelly from "The Office" and an entire show devoted to teaching the masses about India called "Outsourcing". Although in that show, one of the workers is Muslim, and of course, non-threatening.

21 posted on 02/21/2011 11:49:12 AM PST by Defiant (There is no line on the march towards marxism that Democrats won't cross. Democrat=CPUSA)
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To: Secret Agent Man

LOL.


22 posted on 02/21/2011 11:50:45 AM PST by Defiant (There is no line on the march towards marxism that Democrats won't cross. Democrat=CPUSA)
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