8/9/2012 10:14 PM
Forget Harry Potter! These days, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is all the rage among inmates at Guantanamo Bay. According to a report in The Miami Herald, the Fresh Prince has overtaken the beloved boy wizard as a popular means of entertainment.
“I just ordered all six seasons,” a Guantanamo librarian told the paper. “They're over that (Harry Potter); it’s been more than a year.”
Cooperative prisoners can watch TV in a shared cell more or less around the clock, while less-cooperative inmates get an hour or two a day. According to The Herald, the majority of Guantanamo Bay’s prisoners are considered cooperative.
Starring Will Smith, James Avery, Janet Hubert-Whitten, and Alfonso Ribeiro, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air follows the adventures of a street-smart teen from Philadelphia who moves to Bel Air to live with rich relatives. Wholesome hijinxs ensue.
Featuring around 28,000 books and videos, the library at Guantanamo Bay is popular among inmates who want to improve their English. Side-by-side translations are available, and the materials come in Arabic, Pashto, and French, among other things.
Of course, not all American series bring joy to Guantanamo’s inmates. Earlier this year, Al-Jazeera reported that guards used songs from Sesame Street to “torture” the detainees. Personally, I think the map song from Dora the Explorer would be much more effective. "I'm the map, I'm the map, I'm the map, I'm the map, I'M THE MAP!!!"
If you were locked up indefinitely, which book are TV series would you want to check out?