I admit while much of The Boondocks makes me squirm and I really don’t like any variation of the N Word being used – even by (cartoon) kids – I do find the series amusing. There’s a complexity and underlying critique that’s often missing in our discourse that I find refreshing with this show.
Now, I’m not endorsing this latest Boondocks episode “Pause”, but if I had to choose my top five favorites they would be (in no particular order)
1. The episode about a musician, who closely resembles R Kelly & the critique of the foolish people who acquitted him for child rape (shades of Roman Polanski)
2. The episode where MLK woke from a coma to see the black community in such disarray he disavowed himself and moved to Canada
3. & 4 The infamously “banned” episodes about BET that some say accurately portrayed executive Debra Lee
5. This one! ding ding ding
“Pause” rightfully offers a satirical look at someone who closely resembles Tyler Perry.
Regular readers of AOFB know that while I certainly admire Perry’s business acumen and career ascent I absolutely do not agree with his stereotypical and damaging portrayal of black women as one-note banshees, castigators, holier-than-thou, criminals and broke-down messes. Nor do I care for the drag attire and the overweight, uncouth, gun-toting former stripper grandmother he plays for LAUGHS while claiming Madea is based on women he knows. It. Is. Not. Funny.
NOR, do I care about the behind-the-scenes maschinations that resulting in his hijacking the For Colored Girls project from director/writer Nzingha Stewart. I’ve previously written why I think he will botch the screen adaptation. Yes, I still think it’s going to be absolute CRAP.
This is what we get for not taking a stand for anything and letting other people (esp the black male cross-dressing or otherwise black woman bashing comedians) tell our stories.
P.S. It’s not too late for some of you to step up!!!!
Watch the full episode of the Boondocks Season 3 Episode 8 courtesy of Soul Culture UK.