The Time Oprah Winfrey Demanded To Know Why There Were No Black People on ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ – and Learned There Were

If you are a keen observer of a classic comedy series Andy Griffith Exhibition, you may have noticed that Mayberry, almost a decade in the show, did not show diversity.

Oprah Winfrey noticed and explored why the show didn’t have Black residents – one of her favorite series.

Oprah Winfrey, left and the show 'The Andy Griffith Show'
Oprah Winfrey, left | Kevin Winter / Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards and ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ Silver Screen Collection / Getty Images

‘The Andy Griffith Show’ stayed away from any issues in the world

Andy Griffith ExhibitionRun from 1960 to 1968, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, the U.S. civil rights struggle was at its strongest, and the country went into a long war in Vietnam. None of this fact made it into Mayberry.

Mar The West Bay note in 2012 following the death of Andy Griffith, that was the point. Mayberry couldn’t have had that kind of uproar. He was there as an escape from the real world.

“Mayberry is said to be in North Carolina. However, like Woody Allen ‘s version of New York City, this small southern city does not appear to have African-American citizens. The show is a bucolic fashion. Now as when he first appeared, Second it deserves to be a refuge from modern life, not a mirror of it. ”

Oprah Winfrey is a big fan of ‘Andy’ but she was bothered by the show’s lack of diversity

Oprah Winfrey opened it a program of her performance during the day about her love for him Andy Griffith Exhibition – and her disappointment with her lack of diversity.

“You all know I love him Andy Griffith Exhibition. I’ve been talking about it for years. I’m a real member of the Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Officers Club, ”Winfrey said while her audience laughed. “Me and 20,000 people around the world.”

George Lindsey, left, and Andy Griffith
George Lindsey, left, and Andy Griffith CBS through Getty Images

The media mogul went on to express her loyalty to the show and shared that she even received a Christmas card from Andy Griffith himself. She then showed another clip from her show on which the actor who portrayed Goober appeared on the show, George Lindsey.

On the clip, Winfrey asked Lindsey why he thought Mayberry had no Black residents.

“It feels like a display of family values ​​like that,” she told Lindsey, “every time I see it, it reminds me – even though there has never been one Black man. to Mayberry. No Black man in 12 years came through Mayberry, which I saw. ”

Lindsey said jokingly with her hands in the air, “I was just working there!”

Oprah Winfrey was corrected

Rockne Tarkington, right in 'Opie's Piano Lesson'
Rockne Tarkington, right in ‘Opie’s Piano Lesson’

After George Lindsey ‘s appearance on her show, Winfrey got a word from Andy Griffith Exhibition wait until, of course, a Black character was on display. And in true Oprah Winfrey fashion, she surprised the audience by welcoming her to the stage of her show.

Actress Rockne Tarkington appeared in Opie’s Piano Lesson Andy Griffith Exhibitionthe seventh season. He played the role of football coach Opie.

As Tarkington told Winfrey, “I was a part of it Andy Griffith Exhibition. Around 1965. You have to remember, Oprah, that Blacks didn’t do too many talking parts back in that period, in the early 60s.

“It was very difficult to get more than a place to walk,” Tarkington continued. “I was one of the lucky ones to get a speaking part. ”

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