Alan Thicke, the dad from the â€™80s hit sitcom Growing Pains, has put out his second book entitled How to Raise Kids Who Wonâ€™t Hate You. Upon reading an excerpt from his book I have discovered two things:
1. Heâ€™s not a bad writer, as far as ex-TV dads go.
2. Heâ€™s kind of a jerk.
First of all I just want to say I havenâ€™t read the book, just the free excerpt, so I am drawing my opinions from a few paragraphs and an interview he had on the â€œToday Show.â€ That being said, I think first impressions speak volumes, and Mr. Thickeâ€™s volume is cranked all the way up and my ears are bleeding. Allow me explain why I am a little annoyed. Before you have read two paragraphs of the excerpt Mr. Thicke has mention not one, but two famous rappers, one of which is a guy that America loves despite being an outspoken member of the notorious street gang, the Crips. I am a fan of both Kanye West and Snoop Dogg, yet somehow I find it offsetting that the TV â€œfatherâ€ of that punk kid Kirk Cameron would mention either rapper at the opening of his book. Itâ€™s a testament to the mass appeal of Hip-Hop that such a move would be made by such a mainstream white guy, nevertheless it seems quite forced (especially when he quotes Snoopâ€™s famous â€œfor shizzle my nizzleâ€ dialect). Early on he even presents to us a quote from Bernie Macâ€™s book â€œMaybe You Never Cry Again.â€ Thatâ€™s three black men being referenced (in an effort to make his prose more interesting) before you even reach chapter one! Does he think heâ€™s down because he knows the names of some of our most influential black entertainers?