Please, Look at Carlton from Fresh Prince Driving a Porsche 911 Turbo
It was the Nineties and the world was in bloom.
Buzzfeed has made fantastic use of Nineties nostalgia. Its editors have squeezed the decade’s cultural references like pulp from a tangerine. Or is that juice from a Capri Sun? Maybe you’ve forgotten your jaded adolescence. Buzzfeed remembers. See, 27 Struggles That Were All Too Real to ‘90s Kids. It’s just photos, really—Furbies, slap bracelets, Tamagotchi and Bagel Bites shellacked together with a bit of frustrated copy and Meme Font. The page has been viewed over 3,760,000 times.
So Buzzfeed’s the Cindy Crawford of digital flotsam, but we have something, too. A little something. This is Alfonso Ribeiro, a.k.a Carlton, from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Carlton was the straight man, adorer of rules and order, though he sometimes loved to dance. And, in a special Christmas episode, Carlton drove a tiny Porsche 911 Turbo through the living room. Lose yourself in the details—those legitimate-looking five-spoke wheels, the whaletail spoiler, the dashing “Turbo” graphics.
This is magnificence. This is trivia. This is nostalgia for the Nineties. This photo may not be much, but it’s our contribution. Rock on, kids, and may these memories tide you over until the next Clinton is in office.