#66 Barney Was Black.

Not that Barney’s race is important or relevant at all, but… nothing about the purple dinosaur indicated that he was  black. If you didn’t already know this then you have to be surprised to find out. I don’t think there’s a single person in the world who watched Barney in action and even considered the fact that he may be African American. This shocked me. It blew my mind. It rocked my world… and it made me go to IMDB.com to make sure it was true.  It is. The dude’s name is David Joyner and he’s definitely a black guy.


25 responses to “#66 Barney Was Black.


  2. thanx for that air-strike to the old think piece …

  3. This makes total sense. Barney had some killer moves.

  4. I knew he was Barney. He was a teacher at an acting school I attended in the early 90’s.

  5. How could you not know this. No white guys could ever jump that high in that suit.

  6. Barney was BLACK?! I really had no idea! Holy moly. >_<

  7. Wow, I now question everything I thought i knew. Simply mindblowing

  8. At first this does sound shocking. but then you think about it and what did he do? Sing, rap, dance, of course he was black.

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  10. He came to our college recently and it also blew my mind. He was totally sweet though….he was also hip hop harry

  11. I actually grew up across the street from him in santa clarita, ca. He was so awesome! Being an 11 year old and being able to tell everyone at school that you play basketball with barney on a regular basis was awesome! My family is still in contact with him. Hes a great guy 🙂

  12. This revelation is a pleasant surprise. Barney is know that much cooler.

  13. I don’t know why someone would tihnk he was white or anything… I always just looked at him as a purple dinosaur.

  14. If anything, I unconsciously assumed Barney was played by a woman (due to “The Critic”.)

  15. Ann Beyer Graven

    I went to high school with David..MacArthur High School class of 1981! I always knew David was Barney and my kids loved the fact that I went to school with Barney..Decatur, Illinois is where we are from!

  16. I was fortunate to work with David at Barney and Friends from 1994 – 1998.. Yeah, I too am black and served on the creative team to help research and write the curriculum for the show. Thanks David for the laughs during production shooting!

  17. Not all the barney actors was black.

  18. Wow. I knew hip hop harry was black but didn’t know that was the same black guy.

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