Anyone who's followed The Boondocks
as a comic strip or TV show knows that a few things consistently tick off creator Aaron McGruder: blind patriotism
, faux-gangsta posturing
, and Black Entertainment Television
. As for that last item, well, apparently we haven't seen the worst of McGruder's bile just yet.
Set for release Tuesday, The Boondocks second-season DVD will
contain two episodes that go to town on the cable network.
They were never shown on Cartoon Network, due to apparent objections
from BET executives. A clip from one of those episodes, entitled "The
Hunger Strike," has long since been up on the Internet. And... um... damn... this stuff is not safe for work. Especially if you happen to work at BET headquarters.
The episodes rechristen BET Chief Executive Debra L. Lee as "Debra Leevil," an apparent love child of the Austin Powers
villain Dr. Evil and Cruella De Vil. McGruder's co-executive producer
Rodney Barnes had this to say on the DVD commentary, as per the Los Angeles Times:
"You expect white television to present black people in a particular
way. The anger comes from black television portraying us in a
particular way. That brings out a different sense of frustration, and
at the heart of these episodes is that frustration."
The fate of a potential third Boondocks season remains up in the air, while the old comic strip appears permanently retired, at least in a daily form.
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