Television Critic Ken Tucker writes:
Last night, The Boondocks offered an episode entitled “Stinkmeaner 3: The Hateocracy,” which offered the show’s usual family-sized helping of socio-political criticism and humor. It also took full advantage of the series’ anime cartoon style by offering some very adroit martial-arts fight scenes… involving little Huey and some very old people.
Col. Stinkmeaner, who died in an earlier episode, sought to avenge his death from the grave by having his “crew” of senior citizens attack the family he deemed responsible for his demise: our heroes, the Freemans. What followed was not merely a lot of wild jokes and action sequences, but a complex take on black-on-black violence from creator-writer Aaron McGruder.
Much of the episode’s debate about the roles blacks are compelled to play in society used the n-word in a way I won’t repeat here, but that doesn’t diminish McGruder’s arguments about racial self-image, plus a very clear reminder that not all black people are fans of President Obama.
I come away from most episodes of The Boondocks (and I say most — I thought last week’s “The Story of Johnny Rebel” was clunker) thinking two things: How did McGruder get away with this? Also: Boy, am I glad he got away with that.
How do you think The Boondocks compares with other animated shows you watch? Did you watch last night’s episode?
Mr Tucker it is easy to understand why Aaron McGruder gets away with his gratuitous use of the word "Nigga" on his show. It is because he is a "well liked" Black man with no formal authority. No I did not say "a Black man" as a stand alone concept. These other 2 points are a very necessary conjunction.
- Black - Just let Seth MacFarlane, creator of "The Cleveland Show" even think about "going there" as a White man. You had better believe there would be issues. The fact that the Cleveland character was being voiced by a White man drew far more controversy and threatened boycott than did the news that a female, Regina King, was playing the voice of the two main male characters - Huey and Riley
- No Formal-Authority - This is the fatal flaw in the processing of the masses. While they understandably have a higher set of expectations for people in officialdom, this is often paired with no discernible expectations that they place upon "The Least Of These". Sadly they too often live down to the expectations that are put upon them. I will be impressed when they are able to articulate exactly what intrinsic obligations an individual has upon him in the context of a group of people that are seeking to "progress".
- Well-Liked - This final element can be made to over-ride the others. The group that stands with the gavel in their hand often makes appraisals as to the expanded implications that exist in attacking or looking past an infraction that triggers their attention.
- IF the subject is "on the outside" and thus "not well liked" then the group calculus says that if they follow the offense with an over the top response that a message will be sent: "Don't mess with us". Thus this message is not just sent to the present offender but also to anyone else who might follow. IE: No other editorial cartoonist had better even think about using the monkey as a political metaphor for political confusion and incompetence when it comes to President Obama or they will be dealt with as the New York Post editorial cartoonist was. Regardless of the long history of such a metaphor - things have "changed" with Obama in the White House
- IF the subject is on the "inside" and thus is "well-liked" then this same crowd will look the other way even when he uses the exact same words that got the "outsider" a long protest line in front of his offices. The judge will say "we know this 'insider' and we know that he means no harm in what he is doing based on his long history of not being an antagonist to our interests.
The problem is shown once the "inside offender" knows the fraudulent game that he is benefiting from. When an outsider (ie: Bill O'Reilly) dares point out the gross hypocrisy and the attempts to have the offender's marketing contracts canceled - THIS action is likely to trigger a greater wave of condemnation than did the original offense.
Long story short, Mr Tucker - if you ever wanted to be subject to a lashing - go to the advertisers of "The Boondocks" show and tell them that you as a WHITE MAN will not stand to listen to the word "Nigga" being used excessively on commercial television. I assure you that you will be subjected to attack for attempting to silence the "artistic works" of a Black man than you will have people agreeing with you that there is no place for the gratuitous use of the word "Nigga".
I won't even mention that the cartoon rendering work for the show "The Boondocks" is done in South Korea. Thus every time Riley's mouth is made to say "Nigga", there was a South Korean artist that drew his facial movements.
Season three is currently running, with all animation pre-production work being produced at JM Animation in Seoul, Korea
(Note: I will do another post on "All of those 'Black jobs' being outsourced to China by greedy corporations" as another point of hypocrisy at a later date)