'Fresh Prince' DVDs a Hit in Guantanamo

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Aug. 9 (UPI) — A librarian at the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, said demand for “Harry Potter” books has dwindled as “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” surges in popularity.

The Defense Department civilian contractor, who gave his name only as Milton, said there has been an overall drop in demand for library items from the 168 remaining detainees at the base — many of whom are marking their 11th year of detention — with a particular drop in popularity for J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter series,” the Miami Herald reported Thursday.

However, Milton said there has been an upsurge in requests for DVDs of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” a 1990s sitcom starring Will Smith.

“I just ordered all six seasons,” the librarian said. He did not give any explanation for the popularity of the series other than to say many detainees use library materials to help build their English skills.

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