Well, gang, it’s official: I Love Lucy featured “TV’s first interracial marriage.”(Lucille Ball’s with Desi Arnaz.) This according to FoxNews last week.
“I Love Lucy” is applauded as the first program to feature an interracial couple on TV, and Lucille Ball has said that executives were hesitant to hire Cuban-born Desi Arnaz.
Here at Babalu we’ve often commented on this fascinating American cultural curiosity, as reported earlier by the Huffington Post and even The Wall Street Journal.
But why pick on FoxNews? And HuffPo? And TV executives 60 years ago?….After all, my father-in-law always believed his daughter’s marriage was interracial too!…(“It’s OK, Honey, we give you our blessing. We just want you to be happy. Your mother and I are finally starting to like this Hom-Boy-Da fella anyway. He kinda grows on ya…OK, we realize he’s Cuban–but he can’t help that. He’s a credit to his race.”)
My dearly departed father-in-law (and WWII hero, including a morning on Omaha beach) was friends with fellow New Orleanian Louis Prima–who although “a Dago” was clearly “white.”