Issues with Aaron McGruder aside, let's give props to my girl Regina King who voices the characters of both Riley & Huey. I've always tried to watch The Boondocks and picture Regina doing this but could never get my head around it. Now, finally, we get to see her in action.
Another reason this caught my eye is that in the DANCING WITH THE DEVIL script there are a lot of voice-overs. Therefore, its thrilling (and inspiring) to see a true master do her thing.
Someone said of the growing animosity toward McGruder after his tag-team offensive episodes of The Boondocks, "Pause" & "A Date with the Booty Warrior", "lighten the fuck up, it's only a cartoon" – as if, as long as the message is animated, its okay.
Satire can be a good thing; it can inspire thoughtful conversation. Satire should not only be intelligent but it should do no harm. This episode, coupled with his "Pause" boondoggle, has put Aaron McGruder squarely on my shit list.
Prison Rape is a serious problem. Tackling it in satire should at least hint at some sort of solution, or, possibly (in the case of HIV and condom prohibition) some way to mitigate the tragedy.
Conservative thought says if you prohibit condoms they'll be no fucking. Pretty much a Nancy Reagan-esque "just say no" puerile jab at an age-old reality. Conservatives are wise like that. Yes, tell teens "don't have sex" and they'll suddenly keep their hot pubescent parts to themselves.
Ironically, this remix below of Ssempa's words set to music IS a good satire of an unhinged man on a frightening crusade. And its all too humorously, horrifyingly true.
If anything positive could be strained out of McGruder's cesspool of an episode, it would be "don't do anything, anything which might send you to prison." For those of us who already know that, flush, disinfect everything in sight, repeat. ~
a must see ...
** For more on American evangelical Scott Lively's and Uganda's Martin Ssempa's inciting genocide, see Missionaries of Hate. Excellent. The battle for truth, clearly, is on. ** ~
Still, executives for the broadcaster, which owns both TBS and the Cartoon Network (home to "Boondocks"), might be wise not to sit the two men together at the same table during the next company picnic.
THE BOONDOCKS, Season 3, Episode 8 - "Pause"
Is this the same ol' homophobia, in a different, more insidious venue? By the time the episode ended, I'd stopped laughing a long time ago.
What are the typical homo-haters and bashers out there going to take from this episode? Are they suddenly gonna feel all warm and fuzzy about the gay thing? And considering the target audience, African Americans, will this beloved show send the wrong message about black gay men in general?
They may conclude that we're all slightly psychotic cross-dressing sexual deviants who will do absolutely anything, ANYTHING, to get some ass.
Near the end of the episode, Jerome bluntly asks Granddad for sex; the old man responds, "Do you mean to tell me that this whole cross-dressing Christian cult crap is just so you can sleep with men?" "Uh, pretty much, yeah," says Jerome.
Funny as the Madea parody was (and I'm no Tyler Perry defender by any means, though I did give his film, "The Family That Preys" a rave review on Amazon), but for the very first time I'm left with a foul taste in my mouth by this favorite show of mine and am left wondering what exactly is the Boondock's creator, Aaron McGruder, trying to tell the world?
Because clearly there was no homo love, or, "can't we all just get along" in this episode. Black gay men have been climbing up from the lowest rung on the social totem pole for a long time. We have to be careful how we are depicted on shows beamed to our communities, which are already hostile and 'phobic enough, if we want to reach the top. Dissing Tyler Perry is one thing, but doing it in a way which some in the black community will further extrapolate to be representative of ALL black gay men is troubling. ~
If the episode below doesn't play, see it here on TV Shack.
UPDATE: It seems this episode may have hit a nerve with Tyler. According to BOSSIP:
Word on the streets is the recent ’Boondocks’ episode, that mocked everything TP hit a deep nerve with the mogul. Our source claims he’s paranoid and believes it was an inside job – based on the show’s accuracy!!! Our source also says that Madea is giving pink slips to his entire staff [not the shirtless boy wonders of course] starting Friday – – he wants to control any leaks of information about ”the compound!!”