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Norman Lear admits his famous shows were left-wing racial propaganda


Goods Times was falsely billed as the first sitcom created by an all black team, even though most of the creators were white.

Norman Lear, creator and producer of numerous famous sitcoms, admits in his memoirs that he used tv to push America to the left. The is particularly true when it comes to race.

Lear says that Archie Bunker was meant to be a derogatory parody of a white conservative. He and his wife were supposed to look like idiots, while the black characters were supposed to appear intellectual.

When the spin-off All in the Family was created, Lear wanted two black men to write the pilot. Lear says their pilot was crap and it was re-written by whites. However, the two black men were falsely given sole credit for propaganda reasons. They were billed as the first all black team to create a sitcom. One of those men would later file a $185 million lawsuit against Lear and CBS despite getting paid and credited for work he didn’t do.

Norman Lear on All In The Family…

He was, after all, at the beginning of a process where he was to shed the gentle Irish intellectual Carroll O’Connor to become the poorly educated, full-of-himself blowhard Archie Bunker, spewing a kind of rancid, lights-out conservatism for a television audience that grew quickly to more than 50 million people.

Norman Lear on Good Times…

Mike Evans, the actor who played Lionel, the son of George Jefferson on All in the Family, wanted to write as well as act, and I suggested he take a crack at the Good Times pilot script. He brought in Eric Monte, a black writer he wished to team up with. Eric (who later sued me, Jerry Perenchio, Tandem and CBS for something like $185 million) came from the Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago, so we settled the James and Florida Evans family there. [Editor’s note: The suit was settled for $1 million.] I was charmed by Eric Monte and, having worked for years with Mike, liked him a lot, too. A number of black writers worked with us through the years, but thus far none had created a show. Mike and Eric now had the opportunity to be the first.

They blew it creatively with a poor copycat of a script. But even though what they wrote was a far cry from what we shot, we did not seek to change their credit as the sole co-creators. I could be confessing to a bit of inverse racism here when I admit that it even pleased me to see them credited and paid. That would not have happened, at least not gratuitously, if they were white.