A library of 28,000 books and videos offers material in several languages to prisoners. Harry Potter used to be most popular, but now it’s Will Smith as the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — Harry Potter books are passé among the prisoners. The adventures of the boy wizard have been supplanted by early episodes of Will Smith’s 1990s TV comedy, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, as a popular way to pass time among the 168 captives now in their second decade of U.S. detention.
“I just ordered all six seasons,” says librarian Milton, a Defense Department contractor who gives only his first name to visiting journalists.
He offered no explanation for the sudden popularity of the half-hour sit-com about an inner-city Philadelphia kid who moves in with his affluent cousins in California beyond the observation that comedy is widely popular among requested items from the detention center’s 28,000 book and video library.
I know why they like to watch Fresh Prince: