Thursday, August 2, 2007

Living color: Interracial love finally norm on TV

Macon Telegraph, The, by Chuck Barney

When "My Name Is Earl" star Jaime Pressly traveled to her native Kinston, N.C., for the holidays last December, she didn't know exactly what kind of reaction she'd elicit among the red-state citizenry. After all, her sitcom character Joy, a brassy blonde bombshell, is married to Darnell (aka Crab Man), a laid-back black guy and, well, she was braced for at least a little flak.
Instead, she was smothered with enthusiastic inquiries about her onscreen mate, played by Eddie Steeples.

"Everywhere I went it was, 'Hey, where's Crab Man? Is he coming to visit? Oh, he's cool. That's a good 'fro he's got going,' " she recalls. "Yeah, they just love Crab Man."

Similarly, Steeples says he doesn't hear much feedback about the interracial pairing from the public. "To be honest," he says, "I usually get 'Man, she's hot, huh?' " ...

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