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04/23/2018

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Jacob Wilt

I personally agree with Kelvin Yu's claim that the joke on Roseanne eluded that the shows Fresh Off the Boat and Black-ish are meaningful solely because they involve Asian and African-American actors. Roseanne's fictional character is speaking about real television shows, which jars viewers, taking them out of the story and causing them to think about reality. However, I commend Yu by empathizing with the writers of Roseanne, admitting that the pressures of the television business may result in a bad joke going to air. Nevertheless, he still states that the statement is more than a bad joke, as it is about attention and for the show to say to its audience, "I see you. You matter." Yu further points out that, while there are several shows detailing the experiences of blue-collar households, Fresh Off the Boat, one of my favorite shows, is the only network show involving Asian-Americans and their experience. Watching shows can give an audience an understanding of someone else's point of view or can mirror moments from their own lives. Together, these shows share one purpose: for their particular story to be told. Therefore, the significance of shows "about Black and Asian families," as quoted by Roseanne, cannot be swept aside by one bad joke since viewers see them, and they matter.

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