Larry Gelbart, creator of MASH and the Broadway musical City of Angels, was asked why he and all his fellow writers on Sid Caesar`s Show of Shows in the 1950s (including Woody Allen, Neil Simon, Carl Reiner, and Mel Brooks—see the movie "My Favorite Year" for a fictionalized version of this famous confluence of talent) were young Jews. He responded:
"Iâ€™d like to mention something about language, there are a couple of terms being used a lot these days by guilty white liberals. The first is â€?Happens to beâ€? â€?He happens to be blackâ€™ â€?I have a friend, who happens to be blackâ€? like itâ€™s a #%!@in accident ya know. Happens to be black? Yes, he happens to be black. He has two black parents? Oh yes, yes he did. And they #%!@ed? Oh indeed they did. So where does the surprise part come in? Iâ€™d think itâ€™d be more unusual if he just happened to be Scandinavian."