Social Media Users Outraged Over Controversial Reboot Of Beloved 70s Sitcom ‘Good Times’

The new Netflix animated reimagining of the classic 70's sitcom "Good Times" has seemingly sparked controversy among social media users.
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The new Netflix animated reimagining of the classic 70’s sitcom “Good Times” has seemingly sparked controversy among social media users. The trailer for the show was unveiled on March 27th and I set to air on April 12th. Some viewers have expressed their refusal to watch the series. 

Netflix had teamed up with Norman Lear, Seth Macfarlane, who is famously known as the creator and star of the television series

“Family Guy,”

and NBA star Steph Curry to bring back the iconic sitcom Good Times in animated form. The original Good Times was groundbreaking as it was the first show to positively portray a Black American family with both parents. It aired from 1974 to 1979 and followed the Evans family as they fought to escape the poor living conditions of their Chicago housing project. John Amos and Esther Rolle played the beloved characters, James and Florida Evans.

After the release of the animated sitcom social media users weighed in, criticizing Netflix’s current adaption of the iconic series. 

“Who asked for this,”

one X user wrote in a post. X user, FirstThemNEWS, pointed out that,

“The goal of the original Good Times show was to disrupt the flow of negative stereotypes about black families. This remake does the opposite, it promotes and amplifies the most negative stereotypes of black families.”

The synopsis of the project it states that,

“The animated Good Times series finds the latest generation of the Evans family, cab driver Reggie (Smoove) and his wife, the ever-aspirational Beverly (Brown), scratching and surviving in one of the last remaining housing projects in Chicago along with their teenage artist son, Junior (Pharoah), activist daughter Grey (Martin), and drug dealing infant son, Dalvin (Johnson). It turns out the more things change the more they stay the same and keeping your head above water in a system with its knee on your neck is as challenging as ever. The only thing tougher than life is love, but in this family, there’s more than enough to go around.”

#Clique, what are your thoughts?

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