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Politically Correct in 1957

April 4, 2014 , , ,

I grew up in the 1950’s watching You Bet Your Life on our big black and white TV.  When I see this episode I am shocked that Chiricahua Apache Chief, Niño Cochise was a contestant on the show.  The jokes made at his expense by Groucho were equalled later in the show with his comments to an overweight woman in the contest.  Our prejudices may have remained active, but nobody would publicly joke in such racist and chauvinist ways in 2014.  Niño Cochise used sit at the Wilcox visitor center and to greet tourists when I moved to Arizona in the 1970’s.  He is buried in Tombstone in the old cemetery.  It is odd to see him in a business suit answering quiz questions while he is the Chief of the tribe.  Times have changed.

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Yes, and we all got more sensible towards racism. And sometimes maybe even oversensitive.


Brigitte Kobi

April 4, 2014

times have indeed changed. My favourite programme as a child was ‘the black and white minstrel show’, which I called the gollys and the dollys. Again, something that simply wouldn’t be allowed these days


London Unattached

April 5, 2014

I am sure you are right, Fiona.



April 5, 2014

My grandparents used to talk about this show!


Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

April 6, 2014

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