When the school decides to work on a production of "Huck Finn," Bobby expresses uneasiness with the portrayal of his character Jim. Outraged by the content and lack of disapproval from his ... See full summary »

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When the school decides to work on a production of "Huck Finn," Bobby expresses uneasiness with the portrayal of his character Jim. Outraged by the content and lack of disapproval from his fellow Black students and faculty members, he leads a protest to have the play banned from the school. Written by Anonymous

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One of the series best episodes
9 May 2015 | by (Memphis, TN) – See all my reviews

By season 5, I found that many of Fame's episodes had gone flat. This is one of the exceptions, and what an exception! It revolves around the school doing a musical version of "Huck Finn" that ends up dividing the students between those that feel the story is racist and those that don't. With the school about to explode over race, the show is canceled, which brings up the issue of censorship. The show raised questions over stereotypes-- not all black students were for the play, and not all white students against it. It raised questions of education -- should anything that a person finds objectionable be cut from the curriculum. It raised questions of independent thinking -- what do you do when you don't agree with your racial group. It raised questions of loyalty -- do you stick with your friends when you disagree with them, and can you even still be friends. It even raised questions about freedom -- are.we willing to sacrifice our freedom to say something others may find uncomfortable when safety is on the line. I really didn't expect this episode, and it treated racism in a more balanced and honest way than many other shows or even documentaries I've seen. And when it was all over probably the most important message was that if we try to block out the past, even when that past was repugnant, we risk failing to grow.


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