they have a common link. Both are the key creative forces behind some
of Turner Broadcasting’s popular hits.
Still, executives for the broadcaster, which owns
both TBS and the Cartoon Network (home to “Boondocks”), might be wise
not to sit the two men together at the same table during the next
The latest episode of “The Boondocks,” the satirical
animated TV series that airs on the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim slate,
takes brutal aim at Perry and his brand, which blends melodrama,
raucous comedy and religious themes. Coming under intense ridicule is
Perry’s portrayal of Madea, the gun-toting, foul-mouthed grandmother at
the center of many of his films.
In “Pause,” an episode written by McGruder and executive producer
the Christian faith is a mask for his true sexuality. Though the
character bears little physical or vocal resemblance to Perry, the
reference is obvious to those familiar with Perry’s work. The dancing
The Jerome character wears a pink sweater, is
surrounded by bare-chested muscular men and constantly proclaims his
love for Jesus even as he attempts to seduce Granddad (
at the center of the series. The fame-hungry Granddad is trying out for
a part in Jerome’s new play, “Ma Duke Finds Herself a Man.”
Near the end of the episode, Jerome bluntly asks
Granddad for sex; the old man responds, “Do you mean to tell me that
this whole cross-dressing Christian cult crap is just so you can sleep
with men?” “Uh, pretty much, yeah,” says Jerome.
McGruder and executives for Turner and Adult Swim
declined to comment on the episode. Representatives for Perry did not
return phone calls.
“The Boondocks” is the latest example of an animated
series pushing the envelope on satire further than most live-action
series would dare. The creators of the animated “South Park” came under
fire recently by a radical Islamic group after an episode depicted the
prophet Muhammad in a bear costume.
This is not the first time McGruder and his series
have flirted with controversy. The acidic tone of this episode recalled
two 2008 installments in which McGruder blasted one of his frequent
harmful negative imagery and stereotypes that work as a “destructive”
force within African-American culture. Those episodes were never
broadcast after executives from
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