I Love Ricky: How Desi Arnaz Challenged American Popular Culture
Conformity is often associated with television shows during the 1950s. This idea of conformity is conveyed by images of a white middle class family living in the suburbs with Mom as the happy homemaker and Dad as the breadwinner. There is a television show that strayed from that image: I Love Lucy. Desi Arnaz, who played Ricky Ricardo on the wildly successful television show, gave America a taste of the tropics. He created a Cuban persona suitable for American consumption. Ricky's Cuban culture was a large aspect of the show. He is constantly resisting assimilation. A close examination of the popular television show reveals both Cuban-American tensions and the ways Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz helped smooth them and make the United States in the 1950s a more inclusive place. It also reveals the struggle over an immigrant's identity. I Love Lucy questions the common perception of a mid-century homogenous culture.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:i love lucy desi arnaz ricky ricardo television 1950s
Date of Publication:01/01/2008