TV's New Comedies: Funny or Offensive?


Shows like Black-ish, Fresh Off the Boat and Cristela don't debut until this fall, but they have already seen criticism for possibly perpetuation stereotypes. ET looked for some perspective on whether this is okay and if networks are trying too hard just to be seen as edgy.

Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross contends that her show about an affluent black family trying to stick to their roots is relevant and relatable.

"This is a conversation everyone is having: How do you raise your kids in this new world?" Tracee said. "How do you hold onto your culture? The culture you were raised with. The culture that took so long to cultivate. How do you pass that on to your children in a new world?"

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Cristela star Cristela Alonzo expressed similar feelings about her series, which centers around a Mexican-American family.

"It represents real life," said Cristela.

"It's always risky whenever you're telling stories that specifically involve race, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be telling those stories," said Entertainment Weekly's Meeta Agrawal. "It's great that we're seeing shows that reflect different communities."

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