Did I mention that I have the best part-time job ever? I’m teaching Intro to New Media at SMCC this semester. Love it. We all sit around analyzing media, its history, and influences. Somehow, this got me thinking about Fat Albert. Loved that show as a kid-the pack of boys always getting in trouble, with Fat Albert the voice of reason and Bill Cosby breaking in like the Talking Snowman in Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. I’m wondering how this show would be perceived by today’s children? As Fat Albert would say, “Hey, hey, hey…. what do you say?”
First off, Fat Albert. He’s really fat. He’s heart attack fat. Is it nice calling him fat? I kind of feel bad for him. I want to sell him ViSalus. Give him a little morning shake. What about Bucky with those poor little buck teeth. But then I realized, Fat Albert and Bucky don’t seem to mind being reminded of their flaws. They go with it.
Check out the Fat Albert clip. You’ll notice that Fat Albert is the voice of reason. The kids tool on him, but somehow he is one of the gang. I like that. The bullying seems more of a razzing, but I still wonder could you have this show in this PC world? Not sure, but it’s fun to talk about.
Let’s put it this way, it’s better than talking about Charlie Sheen. Although I do love #tigerblood & winning. But for me, “Hey, hey, hey, it’d be Fat Albert any day!”