“Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” 1990 episode vs. now

I grew up watching and loving the show “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Today, I find myself re-watching the show.

I’m going to include the links to three clips on Youtube from the same episode — season 1, episode 6, “Mistaken Identity.” They will be in the order the events occurred in the episode.

1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhqZwXXS3pI

2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW9pklBXqk4

3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bluQNcAjOA

Have you watched all three clips? The episode these clips came from first aired 30 years ago in October of 1990. This episode could easily be mistaken as something that was aired today, 30 years after it was initially created.

30 years.

Let that sink in.

How old were you when this episode came out? Were you even born yet? How old were your parents? What about the people around you now?

30 years ago, my parents weren’t even dating each other yet. 30 years ago, we didn’t have social media or the national news chains with the coverage as widespread as it is today. 30 years ago, people barely had internet, and Google didn’t exist. 30 years ago, not that many people had cellular devices, and flip phones weren’t created yet.

30 years ago…

If we listen to the comments often made, 30 years ago was a completely different world from the one we live in today. Where kids could play outside without worrying, where moms only had to shout and their children would come running, where neighbors knew each other, where people communicated without technology, where tradition was praised, where…

So if the world has changed so much, then why hasn’t society progressed to a point where this would be an example in a history lesson and not a poke at current events?

And what so many are protesting against today, didn’t start in 1990.

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