Television critics got a sneak peek at ABC’s upcoming “Cavemen” show starring the characters from the Geico commercials. In the series the caveman are seemingly always misunderstood and upset about how they are perceived in society. They’re also great dancers, known for their athletic ability, boast about their sexual prowess and have people they look down on as well - the shavers aka the clean shaven people.
After seeing the pilot episode TV critics are saying it had racial undertones the show’s creators aren’t admitting to and asked “Just who are these characters based on?”
Before the press conference “Cavemen” producers expected to be bombarded with questions about commercialism - you know, what’s next The Geico Lizard movie and books?
Instead they found themselves fending off hostile critics.
In response to a question about the cavemen’s athletic and sexual superiority, writer Josh Grodan dryly replied, “They’re Jewish.”
“I actually didn’t know we would catch so much hell,’‘ writer Joe Lawson tossed out to the room.
Things got so uncomfortable actor Nick Kroll, who plays one of the cavemen, said, “I was told there was going to be a laugh track here, but I guess that’s not the case.”
The critics just looked at him.
What happens now? It’s back to the editing room.
“Unfortunately, in our society, if you pick an offensive stereotype of any kind, it’s going to bump up into some ethnic group. It’s going to happen,” said executive producer Mike Schiff. “As we are, though, we’re talking about the cavemen, we’re making them a very specific thing.”
“We’re aware that the pilot (episode) seems to lean a little bit more in that direction. But in the episodes that we’re coming up with now, it’ll become clear what the show is about.” added Grodan.
“I think it’s really a show about acclimation more than anything, and that’s something that everybody deals with, doesn’t matter whether you are a minority or not.”
The cavemen are still hanging out at the Cavemen’s Crib.
Hmm.. isn’t that black slang