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Saturday, November 05, 2005

The Boondocks

The Boondocks is coming!

Tomorrow evening at 11pm on Cartoon Network, Aaron McGruder's Boondocks is going to make it's animated debut. Already, the clips I've seen have looked pretty good -- the animation is gorgeous and the dialogue still seems pretty edgy, even though it'll be harder to respond to current events and politics as readily as the comic strip is able to.

I am a little bothered by the white mainstream news outlets' treatment of the Boondocks story. Washington Post seems to be concerned with what might be a distinct lack of humour in the episodes, even though Boondocks has never been so much Simpsons-esque slapstick hilarity as un-PC political and social commentary. CNN and others are calling McGruder the "angriest Black man in America". Why is the exposure of mainstream America to undiluted minority perspectives deemed so alarmingly "angry"? Sure, Huey is a frustrated little black boy in a big white world, but calling McGruder angry, it seems to almost marginalize his anger, as if the rest of the black community or the community at large doesn't share McGruder's contempt.

I'm actually a little concerned that the Boondocks might tone things down in order to appease their audience. Still, it's nice to even just know that in contrast to the overwhelming depictions of Blacks on television as ghetto-fly pimps and hos, this show will at the least represent a middle-class or upper-middle-class Black family that isn't trying to be just like all their white neighbours.

Meanwhile, in a show that ironically spends its time lambasting the appropriation of black culture by white audiences while simultaneously appropriating the style of Japanese anime for its own visual presentation, I'm at least hoping that McGruder's Japanese American character, a DJ friend of Huey's, will make an appearance. This character was profiled on the Boondocks site and I'm sure showed up once or twice in the strip, but has since been dropped from the main cast of characters. Oh yeah, and where's Caesar?

I guess we'll all just have to wait and see.

5 Comments:

Blogger Melinda Casino said...

I got sleepy and couldn't stay up for this. (No, I don't have a video recorder, 'k? :))

So - how was it?

11/07/2005 06:48:00 PM  
Blogger James said...

All I have to say is, "Don't Trust Them New N-----s Over There."

Classic!!!

11/07/2005 10:48:00 PM  
Blogger phillyjay said...

Meh.That's all I really have to say about his show and lately his comic.

11/08/2005 12:57:00 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

"Jesus was Black, Ronald Reagan was the Devil, and the government is lying about 9/11."

[white people riot]

I love this show!!

I think Regina King is doing a fantabulous job with Huey and Riley's voices. I still would eventually like to see Caeser and the other characters show up, but I'm sure that'll happen after they establish this cast of characters.

I think they should also delve a little more into Grandpa's character. Inheiritance? The "sellout" of the Civil Rights movement who was never quite as down for the cause turning into this crochety, Black man? There's some nuance there they need to get into. Either way, though, I think it's interesting how they've revised his character for the show.

11/08/2005 02:53:00 PM  
Blogger solitaire said...

I think McGruder put the 'angriest Black man in America' title out there. He said the same thing in Newsweek mag.

Since I am in Canada (and therefore, disconnected from the world) I had to download it. I thought it was cool... but still can't stand the fact that they sound like girls. I like Regina King as an actress but not as Huey!!

11/18/2005 10:42:00 PM  

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