Bunker Buster

“The program you are about to see … seeks to throw a humorous spotlight on our frailties, prejudices and concerns. By making them a source of laughter, we hope to show — in a mature fashion — just how absurd they are.” That was a disclaimer that ran under the credits of All in the Family when it first appeared in 1971. The New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum takes a look back at Norman Lear, Archie Bunker, and the rise of the bad fan. You laughed at Archie. But did you laugh for the right reasons? This piece is especially interesting in our current age when outrage (both real and faux) oozes out of every screen in our lives.

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