A clip of actor Todd Bridges' appearance on Little House on the Prairie is going viral. From the episode, “The Wisdom of Solomon", teacher Miss Beadle asks the class to write an essay about the things they “dislike the most.”
Solomon (Bridges) uses this moment to announce to the class that he dislikes "being a n****r."
Nigga, Little House on the Prairie was this raw!!? pic.twitter.com/hbDFJGHEum
— Fed Hammond (@JustInNotOut) May 2, 2020
In a later scene, Solomon explains his answer to Charles Ingalls (Michael Landon) and asks him if he would like to live to be 100. “I’m sure I would," Ingalls says in response to Solomon's question. “It’s not very likely... I guess all of us would like to live to a ripe old age."
However, when Solomon asks Ingalls if he would rather be black and live to be 100 or white and live to be 50, the latter chooses to walk out the door.
The clip has received a ton of responses on Twitter. Many people brought up how the show was always good for bringing up social issues and incorporating social commentary.
"Would you rather be Black & live to a 100 or white & live to 50?" - 'Solomon' aka Todd Bridges, 1977
"None of ya would change places with me! And I'm rich! That's how good it is to be white!" - Chris Rock, 2008
— Tracee Loran (@traceeloran) May 3, 2020
The music took me OUT pic.twitter.com/JLSYLKKFp8
— numa perrier (@missnuma) May 3, 2020
THIS IS SO TRUE! EVERYONE NEEDS TO HEAR THIS. Nothing has changed. Not a thing. Michael Langdon wasn't afraid to show the truth on TV in this show. Todd Bridges was so moving in this. https://t.co/WYo2nWIDtX
— WitcherBitchIsTired (@WitcherBitch100) May 3, 2020
Mind blowing scenes and a devastatingly real question at the end. Kudos to Todd Bridges, and to Michael Landon! https://t.co/5qJypqhhtd
— Dionne Simmons ???????????????? (@QueenD113) May 3, 2020
Melissa Gilbert, who starred on the show as Laura Ingalls Wilder. Also responded to the clip going viral:
@ToddBridges was an extraordinary child actor. He had so much depth and heart. It was an honor to work with him on this amazing episode of #Littlehouseontheprairie. So grateful he his my pal to this very day. #wisdomofsolomon
— Melissa Gilbert (@MEGBusfield) May 3, 2020
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