Nigga, You Turned Out Just Like Tyler. Pause.

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I’ve been fighting off doing this post for weeks now because I didn’t want to speak ill of a show and a creator that I’ve long admired. But, it needs to be said: The last season of The Boondocks was really, really awful.

Honestly, the show has always been off and on since it began airing (when it’s brilliant, it is…when it’s not, yikes), but the final season was a huge disappointment overall.

Those of you who have been reading this site for years know that I’m a huge fan of the strip and Aaron McGruder.

So much that up until maybe last year, the profile picture on the right of the page wasn’t of me, but the main character, Huey Freeman.

That’s because years ago I discovered the strip after so many people from different circles in my life began to tell me how much I reminded them of Huey all around the same time.

Once I found out about the strip I fell in love with it and developed a huge admiration for its creator.

I dug up every interview I could find with Aaron, purchased every book he released of the strip to catch up with all that had gone on, and waited anxiously for the strip to transition to television.

I still remember the profile The New Yorker did of Aaron McGruder at the time the show was set to premiere on FOX.

I read that profile over and over again. It gave me something to aspire to and I really believed in the promise of the show.

Even last year, when I went on an interview and was asked about what my favorite shows were I immediately started off with The Boondocks.

I explained how good it was to see a funny, smart, satirical show that offered comedy and sociopolitical commentary from the black perspective.

That was something really missing from television and for people like me who hope to add balance to what’s out there, all we had. After watching this past season, I’d rather start all over with nothing.

It started off okay with its season premiere, which highlighted Aaron’s obvious annoyance with President Obama (that was evident in other episodes, but offered no explanation but I digress) and the borderline worship he receives from his enthusiasts.

Then it just got terrible.

I know Aaron’s penchant for use of the word “nigga” has always been a touchy subject for some. I’ve always felt the word was thrown out a little too freely, but I got over it.

This season, though, was like a 13-episode tribute to the fucking word.

Nigga.

Nigga.

Nigga.

Nigga.

Nigga.

Nigga.

Just about every damn episode.

At one point I yelled at the screen, “Damn, nigga, we get it.”

If I could sum up this season in seven words I’d go with the following: Nigga, chicken, kung-fu, nigga, pause, nigga, no homo.

Speaking of “pause” and “no homo,” in all seriousness, what was up with the constant gay jokes?

The episode “A Date With The Booty Warrior” was really uncomfortable.

As in, why does this man know more about anal sex than a dildo at a lonely queen’s house?

I remember Aaron poking fun at the irony of hip-hop’s homophobia given the genre was marred in homoeroticism (the jewelry, oiled bodies, constant calls for other men to suck their dicks).

Interesting how things have turned out, because many of these episodes reminded of all the stupid sum bitches who talk one way about gay men but are ready to perform “Say Ahh” in private the moment a dick is whipped out.

Some people have reminded me that Aaron is a satirist. Yes, he is, and the best way to bring that up to me is bringing up episodes from the previous two seasons. Better yet, hold up a copy of A Right To Be Hostile.

Just don’t bring up this season of the show.

Worst of all, this season itself wasn’t all that funny, and yes, I’m including that hate letter to Tyler Perry that so many people adored.

Yes, that episode has its moments but for the most part, I found it to be disrespectful. So much of Aaron’s points were valid, but it got lost in beating the audience over the head with the fact that he believes Tyler Perry is gay. There’s poking fun and then there’s flat out being insulting.

He get lost in the myriad of reasons to get at Tyler and poke fun by sticking to his perception that he thinks he likes to get poked in Jesus’ name.

Granted, Tyler Perry has made one too many swipes at gays in his work, but in the end, naan one of these two seem to care about my kind and I know the difference between pointing out a perceived tragic irony and using someone’s alleged orientation against them all the same.

And I think what I hated most about the episode was the fact that after this season Aaron McGruder isn’t in much of a position to be taking about Tyler Perry.

You can’t roast someone for being stereotypical and pandering to a certain audience for quick laughs when you’re employing the exact same tactics.

Tyler panders to his audience the same way most creators do. That’s kind of how it works. If you believe certain themes are dangerous to a community already being force-fed the worst in the media, that’s one thing. And in fact, I agree with you. However, you can’t talk about one evil being wrong as you exploit others.

Aaron has long said his intentions were to make money, not anything else, and it became more evident because the satirical nature to his work gave way for fast laughs. It’s obvious in the diminished role of Huey Freeman in the show.

The nuance was lost, the ratings soared as a result of it.

That said, while I appreciate the promise of the show, given the direction it was going I can’t say I’ll miss it as much as I initially thought.

As for Tyler and other humor people consider “low brow,” no, I’m not “excusing” it but I am saying some of us need to be fairer in our criticism.

In this instance, it’s like they’re both talking about chicken, but some give the other a pass because at least that one is eating white meat. It reeks of elitism or flat out bullshit (though the terms are typically interchangeable).

And don’t act like you don’t appreciate that reference to chicken. You sure laughed when Aaron McGruder made a flu out of it. You probably want some now, too.

Fine, but before you go, drop me a note.

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