Mr. Carson of Downton Abbey
I’ve written before about Downton Abbey and my favorite character, the butler Mr. Carson, played by Jim Carter.
Today, I was at my local library, the Wilmot Branch of the Pima County Public Library. I was going to the front desk of the library, so my friend Karen, who works there, could change a five-dollar bill for me so I could use the soda machine.
A young girl, probably about eight was with what looked to be her Grandma, (I certainly didn’t ask, that can cause all kinds of embarrassment).
I was wearing my red shirt that says Carson’s Butler Service The Way Things Used to Be. It has a black figure, who is supposed to be Mr. Carson in his black tuxedo to serve dinner.
She said, she’d never seen it or heard of it. I asked what she thought it was. She thought it was a local catering company where I was employed. She neglected to read the bottom of the shirt which says Downton, England.
The little girl then asked me if Mr. Carson is black. I answered “No, but the one Downton Abbey episode, where the character of Mr. Carson had to deal with a black person, was different. (I speak of the episode, where the jazz musician, played by Gary Carr, came into the kitchen.) I told the young lady, the character that is Mr. Carson was shocked when a black man walked into HIS servant quarters. Mr. Carson had to grab the table from the shock.