Originally Posted by Dagmar
To be honest with you I am not really bothered by the color of the skin of anyone who plays a character, iconic or not. As long as they play the character well to the essence of the character it really shouldn't matter.
So you just ignore that part of the essence of the character IS, in fact, their color?
The Cosby show was extremely influential crossing and eliminating some racial boundaries BECAUSE they were black. As were the Jeffersons, Fresh Prince, hell even Martin, etc.
How many people my age in their late twenties remember the episode were Will Smith's dad comes back, and he's going to leave the Banks residence to go trucking with his dad, who then ditches him again, and how emotional that was when he was hugging Uncle Phil crying saying "Why doesn't he want me?"?
A massive chunk of white America was emotionally involved with AND growing up with a black family
And yeah, I'd be furious if they changed that selfishly for my nostalgic purposes and for future generations.