Aaron McGruder has always used his cartoon, The Boondocks, as an edgy way to express the African American experience in America through the eyes of two children. Between two little boys, a militant and the other a hip hop wanna be gangsta, and their grandfather, McGruder expresses all the extremes of black rationale on current events and social disorders he feels is his duty to put under the microscope.
Apparently, his latest criticism is focused on Winston Jerome, who bears an uncanny likeness to Tyler Perry. I could be wrong, but you be the judge. This episode of Boondocks aired recently and began with a play that seemed to remind me of a Madea play for some reason. But, later shows the behind the scenes look at the operation of the plays and Jerome’s preference for buff “light-skinned” black men in his plays and movies.
There are some black men, like McGruder, that feel uncomfortable and criticize Tyler Perry for putting on a dress to gain his success. But, he is not the first and won’t be the last. Flip Wilson’s Geraldine really set the stage for black comedians to play dress up and get paid handsomely for it. No one can forget Martin’s Shananae anytime soon, yet we haven’t heard the backlash from either. But, maybe the reason lies in the fact that they never talked religion. Who knows! But McGruder steps over and into the beyond to find an answer by testing the waters of his theory by linking religion and Jerome’s sexuality.
Check it out.