Unfortunately, the point of the Archie Bunker character was not intended to get a conservative perspective across. It was a form of ridicule to the
Bunker was supposed to represent the fuddy duddy 'old guard' that was obsolete and passe. If you watch the show carefully (even in this video),
Archie will always say something, it is presented as being ignorant and ridiculous, then enters his enlightened son in law and daughter to make his
views look silly.
We can use this video as an example. He is defending the right to own guns, it is surrounded by laughter, and then here comes his son in law to set
him straight (although the video cuts off there).
His character was only a device to make such beliefs seem silly.
And, at the end of the episode, some guys who saw him on TV rob him and the others at gunpoint. Of course, Archie concluded that, if he had had a gun,
the guy wouldn't have been able to rob him. When it's pointed out that, then, they both could've been dead, he replies, "But at least I'd still
have my money!"
Even on fictional TV shows, the gun control argument goes in circles.
While it's true that the Archie character was used to make old conservative viewpoints look stupid, sometimes he inadvertantly made good
points. I watched the show as a teenager and again with my wife years later. She's 23 years younger than me so it was fun to see her discover 'All
in the Family' for herself. She always calls it "The Wigglin' Miller" because that's what she thought the line 'Boy the way Glenn Miller
played" in the theme song said.
Archie was not wise. He was the epitome of all things ignorant and bigoted. He was a character created to show just how awful and stupid and silly,
bigotry, hatred and racism really are...
It was a tool used to allow for discussion about these sensitive subjects... It allowed for us to laugh and even played a small part in the healing
process between each race... Though sure we still have a long way to go before race relations are fully well...
But look, as I said, Archie was NOT wise... He was an idiot and the way he was presented helped to make it okay to talk about and laugh about such
idiots and to come together and rise against the Archie Bunkers of the world in hope of having a better tomorrow.
I leave you with a few more " wise words" from Archie Bunker...
Listen to those and then decide... Do you really think that character is wise? I sure don't.
Archie Bunker.... The bigoted, prejudice moron, designed to be a symbol of everything wrong in this country.
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