Allow me to preface this by saying I came up with this late last night drunk off Theraflu and several other cold meds.
The day is October 24, 1979. China implemented its “one child per household” rule to control the population growth. YMCA sued The Village People for obvious reasons. The late Heath Ledger is only six months old at the time. And some guy named Aubrey Graham is merely a twinkle in his mother’s eye, seven years to the day before he soothed doctors in some Toronto delivery room with his Marvin Gaye-esque crooning.
This is Episode 7 from Season 2 of Different Strokes where Arnold (Gary Coleman) is bullied and contemplates running away to escape the torment. To help Arnold get over his fears, his brother, Willis (the infamous Todd Bridges), somehow devises a plan for Arnold to meet his idol – Muhammad Ali.
With it being an ’80s sitcom, there are its fair share of made-for-TV moments, but ultimately Ali helps do right and alls well that ends well. Also, you’re able to sorta-kinda see the extremely early stages of Ali’s Parkinson’s syndrome (or maybe I just convinced myself you can). So what does this have to do with Guwop? The bully’s name was “The Gooch.” Gucci released a mixtape called The Gooch in 2009.
So through however many degrees of separation that is Gary Coleman, Muhammad Ali and Gucci Mane collide in one hell of a pop culture conundrum. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need more TheraFlu. R.I.P. Arnold and R.I.P. Mr. Drummond.
I want more like this!
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