he's just an actor. you don't even know the dude.. folks have got to learn to separate their feelings for the characters that actors play from the actors themselves. He's not James Evans.. He's John Amos.. a dude you don't even know.. and trust and believe he's not the only one that thought Esther Rolle was ugly.. Who goes on Howard Stern to share profound respectful insight?.. Amos is just getting his money.. gotta make them ends meet from the craddle to the grave. I remember watching a interview with Jimmy Walker where he said that the cast of the show didn't even talk to each other outside of their lines.. that they just showed up, did their thing and bounced out.. no conversations.. no nothing.. and John was only on the show for what?.. 1 season.. 2?.. Good times was a white show about black people.. and though black people watched it and liked it.. it was still a very white representation of black life. Let's not revise it into something profound.