by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Our very own First Lady Michell Obama is going to make an appearance on one of Nickelodeon’s most watched shows — “iCarly.” The network president, Cyma Zarghami, made the announcement on Wednesday that the first lady will be on the show promoting her Joining Forces initiative — increasing awareness and support for military families.
Carly Shay, the main character of the show, is the daughter of a military officer who is serving overseas. In this particular episode, Shay’s friends concoct a way for her have a web chat with her father on his birthday. The only problem is that the web chat is not permissible, and the first lady hears word of their activity. As a result, Michelle Obama “comes to have a chat with them in the most positive way possible” says Zarghami.
Dan Schnieder is said to have written the episode especially for Obama’s Joining Forces program. However, Zarghami says she does not have any worries about the episode making a political statement, because “It’s a feel-good initiative, and regardless of your political affinity, everybody cares about these families….” This special episode is likely to be aired in January.
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