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'The Boondocks' draws the line on Tyler Perry


Aaron McGruder of "The Boondocks" and Tyler Perry of "House of Payne" and "Meet The Browns" are on the same TV team. They both produce hit shows for Turner Broadcasting.

But executives for the broadcaster, which owns TBS and the Cartoon Network (home of "The Boondocks") might be wise not to sit the two at the same table at the next company retreat.

The latest episode of "The Boondocks," the satirical animated series that airs on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim slate, makes vicious fun of Perry and his brand, which blends melodrama, raucous comedy and religious themes. Coming under ridicule is his portrayal of Madea, the foul-mouthed, gun-toting grandmother at the center of many Perry movies and plays.

The installment features a thinly disguised version of Perry as a closeted cross-dressing cult leader whose professed love of the Christian faith is a mask for his true sexuality. 

For the full story, read "Aaron McGruder's "Boondocks" lampoons Tyler Perry"

-- Greg Braxton

Photo credit: Adult Swim

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McGruder is a genius at bringing the unspoken, sometimes uncomfortable reality to a situation, especially those involving the African-American community. The questions he raised about Tyler Perry are common questions about his minstrel style of messaging and the African-American, church going base that hang on to every word that Madea say's while not accepting that it's a man in drag. McGruder has his hand on the pulse and has picked up where Chappelle left off. The show tackled light skin heroes and dark skinned villains that Perry persistently has in his plays. For most people The Boondocks goes right over their head but it is very unique.

just to clarify - I don't know if Boondocks is picking up any more than Chappelle left off.

Boondocks as been around almost (if not) a decade, and DC still does what he does...just not for Comedy Central.

I've loved Aaron mcGruder's Boondocks since it started in comic strip form and I thought its first television season was pure satiric--not just cartoon--genius (highlights, "Garden Party," "The Return of the King," "the Block is Hot" and the inimitably savage, "the Passion of the Ruckus.")

Since that first season, the show has often devolved into the sort of buffoonery that Lee and McGruder accuse Perry of but I have to say that "Pause" (along with "smokin' cigarettes") returns to the type of story telling that made that first season so classic.

Make no mistake, there IS an undercurrent of homophobia running through McGruder's animated work (see, the "Gangstalicious" saga from his first and second season and some running commentary by the main characters in various episodes throughout the show's existence) and I detect a bit of envy from Lee and Aaron over Tyler's success, as well, but, all in all, it was a rare (post 1st season) well done piece of satire.

Perry shouldn't be keelhauled because he's found a way to make lemonade out of his boyhood travails and pain and he has to be commended for achieving the not inconsiderable success that's come his way in the wake of "Diary of a Mad, Black Housewife." Hell, former employees and various wags were not above blasting Lee for his notorious skinflintedness, not to mention the urban buffoonery of his Mars Blackmon Nike sneaker selling caricature. Throw in how Aaron's once brilliant Boondocks has devolved since Year One and one really can't be faulted in evoking the "people who live in glasshouses..." adage.

i have been watching Boondocks since the beginning and have not missed an episode so far. And i saw the BET shows which were tough and funny but didnt cross the line. This episode to me, did cross the line a bit. it was totally funny in the beginning and the writer had already gotten thier points across. I do not think they should have did the last bit of it with Grandad and Jerome outing Tyler Perry. I think they should have made fun of the plays and Mudear and left the "man" for us to speculate. I will still watch the show and I think Tyler Perry should not respond. Shows only get as much attention as you give it. My opinion.

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