But it occurred to me after Kimmel introduced Lear in the show's opening that I really an ah-ha moment. You see, long before he was a brilliantly famous writer and producer who spoke to the American condition, Norman Lear was part of a bomber crew who flew missions over Nazi Germany during WWII. He had skin in the game. It was this country, his country, a country he felt worth dying for, that gave him some authority to be reflective of it's progress. Hollywood today could take a note or two from Lear. Don't tell the audience how to see the world from the safety of a privileged life. Have that skin in the game and set the bar of community relations high the way Norman Lear did.
As an audience member, these shows will be timeless and now knowing this little fact, I respect the plight of race relations told from his Hollywood a bit more this morning. We need more writers who are willing to fight for its progress, the American way, and the freedoms to watch well scripted shows about issues we get uncomfortable about speaking of. It brings great credit to unify fractured communities and lets me know they get why speaking to millions of Americans is crucially important. Thanks to Norman Lear and other Americans who have that skin in the game with a great story to tell...
by Rory Andes
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