You know, I think of myself as one of the most liberal people I know, even being here, in Leftest Central. Not that I go crazy with it, I like to think of myself as sensible first, and lefty by nature.
That being said I just don’t get the adult swim cartoon, “The Boondocks”.
This show is so outrageously over the cliff of liberality I find myself getting angry, even when I agree with some ofthe messages it is sending. In case you have no idea, The Boondocks is a cartoon show about 2 black brothers living life and doing stuff and pounding political rhetoric to everyone that watches.
In the episode I just watched one of the brothers took up a vendetta against Santa Claus and went to the mall with a set of laser pointed bb gun pistols and shot him up over and over til he ran away. But because the brother wore a hankerchief over half his face, nobody can figure out who it is, and so they blame the arabs. In the end the brother tells a kid there is no santa claus and makes her cry. Remind me at what point that the kid is supposed to be likeable and get me on his side.
The other half of the episode involved the other brother gaining control of the elementary school’s christmas play. Somehow he convinces the principal to sign a contract guaranteeing himself full creative control over the production. This being done he fires every kid in the production, dumps the script, and hires Quincy Jones to help him. Now, with a blank slate he writes his own story of Black Jesus. He also hires Denzel Washignton, Angela Bassett, and maybe Will Smith to be on board, along with hiring a full orchestra and other actors to fill in the other parts. When asked by the principal how anyone is supposed to pay for all of this, the kid just shrugs and waves the contract saying, I have creative control so you have to do it, so it’s not my problem, you figure out how to pay for it. The principal, representing oppressive white people, brings up a valid point that Jesus wasn’t black, he was middle eastern. The kid’s response was that at that time black people did exist in that region at that time, so therefore Black Jesus is true. In the end they put on the show as written but very few people attend because the PTA boycotts due to all the kids being fired in the first place. The principal is fired from his job but gets a job as an african american studies professor at the University of Maryland. Again, find the place when the kid does something to cause me to want to take his side, and doesn’t act like a pompous asshole.
Oh wait, in both cases the kids do nothing but act like little pricks with no consequences for their actions. Any message that they are trying to send is totally lost in itself. And I didn’t even mention the frequent use of N-Bombs right and left to add shock value. I guess there is edgy, political stuff that can be both thoughtful and entertaining, but enough about Family Guy.
In short, The Boondocks is a total waste of animation cells. I have seen I believe every episode so far at least once, and have yet to find anything but a preachy, self-aggrandizing, racist mess.
ps. I’m tired of seeing that billboard for this show outside LAX too, put up a Robot Chicken one instead or something.