The Boondocks

This is a port from my old blog.

So I just finished watching an episode of the Boondocks. That show is hellaciously funny and I spent most of the time trying not to spit water all over my keyboard.

The Boondocks is about two black boys, Huey (10) and his little brother Riley (8) who are living in the suburbs of Illinois with their grandfather. The show started off as a comic strip, which is featured in over 350 newspapers nationwide, but has now expanded into the book, television and, soon to come, movie markets. The creator, Aaron Mcgruder, uses the show as a platform to tackle some of the more touchier issues in America such a race relations and stereotypes.

Tonight’s episode was about children and their role models, more specifically the difference between what children (and people in general) see and what is reality. Riley idolizes Gangstalicious, a superstar gangsta rapper with a tendancy for getting shot. His last run in with the gun happened while he was on stage rapping a song called…wait for it…”I’ve been shot.” Three thrugs rush him on stage and shoot him down. It’s forty-five minutes before someone calls an ambulance.

Riley wants to be by his hero’s side in his time of need. He does everything he can think of to get his grandfather to let him visit Gangstalicious in the hospital. He even throws himself against the car as grandad is backing out of the driveway to make is seem like grandad had ran him over thus warranting a trip to hospital. It doesn’t work.

After a rather snarky maneouver, he manages to make it to the hospital to visit his hero. Through a series of hilarious encounters, what follows is a look into every child’s worst nightmare in which Riley finds out that Gangstalicious is nothing like his television persona. That what he sees on television is all media hype based on minimal truth.

Naturally, he’s disappointed. “It’s like going to heaven and finding God smoking crack.” A sentiment that anyone who’s ever been in his position can sympathize with. In the end, Riley rationalizes his disappointing experience with Gangstalicious as a bad dream.

With a shitload of humor, Aaron Mcgruder takes on an issue that needs to be addressed. Movie stars, singers and, yes, even some writers have been deified by the public. Social, cultural and political areas have been heavily influenced by these human gods and not always for the betterment of our global community.

In an effort to be considered socially acceptable, people imitate those on the pedestals and it can cause quite a bit of chaos when it is discovered that those pedestals were created with clay. What is needed here, as was so humorously illustrated by this episode, is perspective. The fantasy of what people want you to see and the reality of what actually is are often worlds apart.

Anyway, enough social commentary. The Boondocks is freakin’ funny and I recommend everyone watch at least one episode. It comes on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim on Saturdays at Midnight and Sundays at 11pm.

Until next time.