The Boondocks Season 3 Premiere: Does Aaron McGruder Hate Barack Obama?
Last night was the premiere of season three of The Boondocks on Cartoon Network. At around 10pm The Boondocks started to trend. At 11:15 complaints arose about how boring Family Guy was but that they couldn’t turn away due to The Boondocks premiering shortly afterward. The hype was ridiculous. It seemed there was almost as much drama surrounding The Boondocks as there was surrounding Obama’s inauguration. Speaking of Obama, how ’bout that season three premiere? Not only did it feature the already viral, “Dick Riding Obama” song featured below but it took several jabs at the President himself.
The episode declares “Obama is evil.” But the question really isn’t, “Did Boondocks writer Aaron McGruder go in on President Obama?” The question is, did The Boondocks stay true to its original form—satire. The Boondocks has always been an inherently funny cartoon with deeper social commentary and messages embedded in the jokes. It’s comedy to make you think. So what is the takeaway message in this episode? Is there one? Was it just funny? In reality, the obvious jokes were aimed at President Obama, but what about the not-so-obvious jabs?
At one point Thugnificient, gangsta/ringtone rapper on the Boondocks, joins the Obama bandwagon and is asked why he likes Obama. He claims he researched his policies and political stances yet when questioned he could not name one. Later, Thugnificient went on a political talk show and is mockingly asked, “Name the three branches of government”. Thugnificient responds with, “Well there’s the main branch…” followed by laughs from the audience.This could be seen as a shot fired at either the entertainment industry’s random affiliation with Obama but also the general public’s blind faith in our first black president.
Riley was the only honest character on the show with regards to why he wants to vote for Obama. He simple stated, “because he’s black.” At another point Riley declares that when Obama is elected he’s not doing anymore homework and cops won’t be able to say anything to him or he’ll call his homie President Obama, affectionately known as “Obeezy.” This is obviously a joke at the many people who blindly voted for Obama without knowing any of his political stances, simply thinking Obama would change everything for black people and laws would no longer apply to them.
The entire episode focused on Huey’s dismay with Barack Obama and the ending scene is Huey’s granddad taking down a picture of Obama after becoming upset with the way his policies turned out. So, people of Dr. Jays, it’s time to discuss.