𝗪𝗔𝗦 𝗠𝗢𝗘𝗦𝗛𝗔 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗪𝗢𝗥𝗦𝗘 𝗕𝗟𝗔𝗖𝗞 𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗘𝗗𝗬 𝗜𝗡 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝟵𝟬𝘀? By M.McCaulsky
So when Netflix announced they are getting all the old UPN black sitcoms there was a lot of happy people.
My wife started watching Moesha (1996) this weekend and watching it through the lens of 2022 and her being a grown woman she sees a lot of problematic things 🤣
In particular the treatment of Moesha best friend Kimmy. While at the time it was funny; was it totally wrong the way they treated her? The fat jokes, the dumb way she was portrayed, and etc.
And then there is the most problematic person on the show, Moesha Dad, Frank Mitchell. (played by William Allen Young)
Let's get this straight Allen Young is an actor and a real person. He is not the fictional character Frank Mitchell. A lot of people have a hard time separating fiction from real life. The following comments is about the fictional character Frank Mitchell.
Frank Mitchell has undoubtedly topped everyone’s Worst TV Dad Of All Time lists. I’m not gonna lie, Frank was not so bad at the earlier seasons of the show, with some fans who are still defending his overbearing sternness in light of how “grown” Moesha was. Unfortunately, the 5th season decided to give him an edge, introducing Dorian (played by Ray J) as a troubled runaway nephew that turns out to be a secret son he fathered during an affair before Moesha’s mom passed away.
What hits me the most was one episode when he called his own daughter Moesha a “Tramp” when she got a tattoo and wore a crop top that wasn’t so revealing. Like seriously Sir? So you wasn’t a TRAMP when you sleeping with Dorian’s momma while still married to Moesha and Miles’ Mom? Explain that Sir?
Frank Mitchell has got to be the Worst TV Dad Ever. A BIG HYPOCRITE if you ask me. Do you know any TV Dad who is the Worst TV Dad Of All Time than Frank?
What were the writers of the show thinking? With so little Positive Black representation on TV especially in the 90s this was the route you were going with a black TV father? This was a stereotype and narrative that you wanted to present to us all? Yikes.
I still laugh at most of the jokes but is it kinda cringey now? 😂😬🤣😬