Talk:I Love Lucy/2009

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First Sitcom to Feature an Interracial Couple

I was surprised that this was metioned nowhere with in the article. Would anyone like to back this up? 69.250.130.215 00:36, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

I can remember hearing from my parents that there had been quite a bit of fuss about that fact back in the 50s. There were a number of jurisdictions where the two of them would not have been allowed to marry. David Cheater 18:24, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

Would totally belong in the article, especially if it can be sourced. Probably under a controversy section, but not criticisms. It would be hateful to consider it a criticism of the show Engloword (talk) 06:15, 27 November 2007 (UTC)

First Anglo-Latino couple, at least, per Lovece, Frank, Newsday, "From Cuba with love on 'Lucy'", November 11, 2007 --Tenebrae (talk) 06:53, 27 November 2007 (UTC)
Can you give me a cite for a law that considered Latinos to be of a different race? — Walloon (talk) 01:52, 14 January 2008 (UTC)
The U.S. Census, in 1970. Not a law, but a federal designation. --Tenebrae (talk) 02:33, 14 January 2008 (UTC)


First off, they were not Inter-racial, they were inter-cultural. Desi Arnaz is a White Cuban of Spanish decent. Back in the 50s and 60s Hispanics were seen as Ethnic whites like Jews and Italians. Today, because of the introduction of the labels; latino/hispanic do we think of Desi as a seperate race, when in fact Latino and Hispanic are not racial labels, they are cultural ethnic labels. That is why there is no mention of them being an inter-racial couple. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 70.254.207.18 (talk) 21:37, 14 February 2008 (UTC)

I actually looked up this article to see if someone would be stupid enough to drop the "interracial" bomb. Please explain to me how two people of entirely European descent could ever possibly, by any stretch of the imagination, be considered interracial? Wormwoodpoppies (talk) 18:23, 20 May 2008 (UTC)

so then (racially) lucy is european-american (via her family's trip across the atlantic), and desi is european-american (via his family's extended stay in cuba)(?). but "hispanic" would technically be the spanish speaking descendants of the indigenous central/south/island americans. right? (hey, i'm doing better than people who think spaniards are mexican) —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.202.219.61 (talk) 20:05, 18 July 2008 (UTC)

"Hispanic" refers to anyone born in the Western Hemisphere whose first language is Spanish. Contrary to popular belief it has nothing to do with race, with Red Sox player David Ortiz and the late first lady of Argentina Eva Peron both being equally Hispanic. It seems the sort of Hispanic most Anglo-Americans are familiar with are poor Mexican and Central American mestizos who emigrate north, and so those who don't know better assume that one's status as Hispanic is determined by ancestry/phenotype rather than language and culture. So Desi Arnaz, being a Cuban of unmixed European ancestry, is both white and Hispanic, and therefore while he and Lucille Ball were of different nationalities and ethnicities, they were of the same "race". Wormwoodpoppies (talk) 18:33, 5 May 2009 (UTC)

An over-long episode?

I read somewhere that one episode of "I Love Lucy" ran five minutes overtime. It seems Desi Arnaz liked the script so much that he refused to edit it for length. Is that a true story or is it just another TV legend? If it is true, does anyone know what episode it was?97.73.64.164 (talk) 00:40, 26 November 2009 (UTC)

No smoking in syndication

Unless this is just an urban legend, should we mention that Lucy's daughter wanted to take out all scenes that show anyone smoking? ESachs (talk) 08:05, 30 December 2009 (UTC)