Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Baha'i Cosby Show?


I just read a fascinating piece on The Root with an interview with Bill Cosby about what a good "Muslim Cosby Show" would involve. It got me thinking about what a Baha'i Cosby Show might be like as far as introducing the American public to the Baha'i Faith. Perhaps you could have the parents be played by Omid Djalili and Eva La Rue with the occasional guest appearance from Andy Grammar or Rainn Wilson and a hip theme song from the Dawnbreaker Collective or maybe Eric Dozier and JB Eckl. I'd have to recommend my son as the Baha'i "Rudy" (the show has to have a precocious-kid-scene-stealer you know) for the show, but I'm a little biased.

You could have some interesting episodes dealing with the kids addressing racial prejudice, or participating in their first junior youth group, or some kind of comic antics related to planning for Ayyam-i-Ha or having to give parental consent.

So let's hear it Baha'i Thought readers. If you could produce/write/direct a Baha'i Cosby Show what would your show be like?

15 comments:

  1. Anonymous2:24 PM

    Wow, the imagination could go wild. Whatever the issues, and there is potential for lots of them, I think a Bahá'í Cosby Show would showcase consultation. The family could be actively trying to consult in a Bahá'í way throughout. I wonder if having the show based on an established Bahá'í family or a couple, new to the Faith working to establish new behaviours and routines would work best?

    Pauline

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  2. Babak3:40 PM

    Mm, not sure how well this might work. Good television relies on some conflict or tension to be entertaining.
    Despite the fact that as a Baha'i community we have our fair share of problems, we don't like showing this side of ourselves to the outside. I fear it would be a ratings flop.

    Happy to be proven wrong though!

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  3. the perfect idea for a Baha'i Cosby show...

    an Interracial couple both parents teach martial arts Akido.. Brazilian Jujitsu... man is a cab driver wife is a Nurse Practitioner

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  4. I think the premise of this being a 'Cosby Show' assumes that it will be a different show than the norm on TV, whether in current day or 80s genres. When the Cosby show started people said it would fail, that it couldn't survive, but instead it had a huge success.

    The concept of it is awesome to me. The best thing the Cosby Show did was to show positive and negative aspects of a family life, and how to deal with situations positively. It gives options to the audience, and thoughts about how you can go about solving family conflict. I still use some of Cliff's ideas about how to raise your kids with my own kids today. So that was a lesson learned as a child, that I carried with me to adulthood.

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  5. mei swan1:07 PM

    there could be hilarious fasting episodes!
    i declared the day before fasting began, everyone asked me WHY NOW? why not AFTER the fast? haha... what an experience ! :)

    how about an interracial couple with the mother being the main breadwinner?

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  6. Well, I think it would have to show that the couple can laugh together. And, there could be tension (doesn't have to be conflict) around character and rounding off each other's corners. I agree, consultation would be great to demonstrate, too. Someone could do a demo for YouTube to test the waters!

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  7. Sounds cool. But for the music I would rather prefer Blue Scholars, Common Market or Devon Gundry

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  8. Anonymous4:11 PM

    My first suggestion: ask, what would be the purpose and thrust of such a show? I would suggest any production whose purpose was either PR or to make Baha'is feel more comfortable in public about our identity would be neither very real nor very interesting.

    The Cosby show used the commonality of life inside a family to break down barriers and stereotypes the majority population in the United States held (or still hold) about African Americans, and to decrease outright antipathy. It portrayed that rarity for the time, a middle class black family, a statement in itself. There was no direct attempt to address, or even show, the racism that pervaded society and affected black families, middle class or not. It attempted, rather, to exhibit a commonality of identity, with skillful use of gentle humor. This formula might work for a Muslim "Cosby show". And, perhaps, in countries whose governments demonize and persecute Baha'is, "humanizing" Baha'is for the general population might perhaps be useful, though, alas, not permitted. This is not our landscape.

    I do think it worthwhile to explore: what is Baha'i family life? What is Baha'i identity? Because transforming family life is the building block of the transformation of society. Baha'is, I think are just at the tip of the iceberg in our understanding of what such transformation means, how it plays out, so it seems to me we are hardly in the position to put out a show --let alone a comedy show-- purporting to exemplify such family life in a way which could be transformative or enlightening to our fellow Americans. If we are, I think it requires a new paradigm other than the Cosby show. However, there may be others with more penetrating vision who'd come up with something wonderful! Something which would in some way provide a family snapshot of our efforts to transform ourselves, our neighborhoods, the world, to rid ourselves of "the passions born of multiple identities."
    Judith

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  9. My first suggestion: ask, what would be the purpose and thrust of such a show? I would suggest any production whose purpose was either PR or to make Baha'is feel more comfortable in public about our identity would be neither very real nor very interesting.

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  10. Anonymous9:03 AM

    I wonder if having the show based on an established Bahá'í family or a couple, new to the Faith working to establish new behaviours and routines would work best?
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  12. It sounds great but I would rather prefer Blue Scholars, Common Market or Devon Gundry...

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