Monday, March 24, 2008
Boondocks: Commentary or Coonery?
Here's the full clip of the Boondocks episode that was protested and banned by BET. In it Aaron McGruder casts an extremely negative light on BET as a company and on the Al Sharpton-esque "Black Leadership."
I enjoy the Boondocks. It makes me laugh. But sometimes the Boondocks walks a fine line between self-realization and minstrel much in the same way that the Dave Chappelle Show evolved. Dave's early skits made light of racism in an attempt to create dialogue through comedy, and by the last season he was wearing black face and depicting himself as a pixie.
I think BET is just as bad for the black community as the next man, but is this the way of going about exposing them and making a social/political statement? While progress through descent is a justifiable way of bringing about change to social issues, it's also the responsibility of those descenting to express how they want things to change. I'm not so sure we're getting that from the Boondocks.