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Rev. Sharpton criticizes ‘Boondocks’ for showing King saying the n-word

The irreverent “Boondocks” television show has triggered an outcry from Rev. Al Sharpton who demanded an apology for depicting Martin Luther King using the “N” word.

The episode, The Return of the King, aired Jan. 15, the day before the national holiday honoring the slain civil-rights leader. It shows King emerging from a coma and using the n-word in an angry speech venting his frustration toward sexually explicit hip-hop videos, among other things

The Cartoon Network issued a statement that includes:

“We think Aaron McGruder came up with a thought-provoking way of not only showing Dr. King’s bravery but also of reminding us of what he stood and fought for, and why even today, it is important for all of us to remember that and to continue to take action,” the statement said.

Somehow I don’t think he’s going to get an apology.

Community Comments

#1 Danna
April/16/2007
@ 10:43 pm

I find the Boondocks cartoon about Martin Luther so much more repulsive than the Imus incident; not only from the standpoint that we revered King’s mission and the impact he had on Civil Rights, but also that we honor him with a holiday.

It is of utmost insult to do what McGruber did and yet, he has not been taken off the air, not punished, nor suspended and no apology is known to have been made. I guess if you’re Black, you can denegrate, insult, demoralize and dishonor your own, huh? It is just too sad.

Oprah had a wonderful show today where a panel of black citizen’s spoke about this issue. It’s high time to take on the hip hop arena and clean it up. Stay tune tom’w. for Oprah’s interview with hip hop singers….if you can call them that.

#2 Danna
April/16/2007
@ 4:43 pm

I find the Boondocks cartoon about Martin Luther so much more repulsive than the Imus incident; not only from the standpoint that we revered King’s mission and the impact he had on Civil Rights, but also that we honor him with a holiday.

It is of utmost insult to do what McGruber did and yet, he has not been taken off the air, not punished, nor suspended and no apology is known to have been made. I guess if you’re Black, you can denegrate, insult, demoralize and dishonor your own, huh? It is just too sad.

Oprah had a wonderful show today where a panel of black citizen’s spoke about this issue. It’s high time to take on the hip hop arena and clean it up. Stay tune tom’w. for Oprah’s interview with hip hop singers….if you can call them that.

#3 Joe
April/19/2007
@ 5:00 am

Danna, did you actually see the Boondocks cartoon? I think if you did, you wouldn’t have been offended. That MacGruder could offend you in a greater way than Imus is absurd.

#4 Joe
April/18/2007
@ 11:00 pm

Danna, did you actually see the Boondocks cartoon? I think if you did, you wouldn’t have been offended. That MacGruder could offend you in a greater way than Imus is absurd.

#5 vincent kelly
April/27/2007
@ 8:35 am

Aaron’s masterful use of the N word from Reverend King in the Boondocks imaginary story ‘Return of The King’ not only honors what Dr. King stood for but what dissappointments Dr. King would have were he to live among us today. While it is extremely doubtful that Dr. King would use the N word IN PUBLIC given its sensitivity and lack of poiltical correctness, his use of the word at the end of the episode highlights what we as Blacks already know about ourselves…that Blacks who settle for less usually arrive late to functions hence the old saying ‘CP time’, pay too much attention to what’s extravagant and what others says about us and that we do all too good a job of tearing each other down. The blame game against Whites ends here…nwe can hold no one accountable but ourselves. In the story the N word is not used in praise but differentiates TRUE brothers and sisters from Pimps and Jackleggers, politicans and so-called ministers alike.

Let’s place more emphsis on the contents of what’s inside a book than the cover readily tells.

Vinnie.

#6 vincent kelly
April/27/2007
@ 2:35 am

Aaron’s masterful use of the N word from Reverend King in the Boondocks imaginary story ‘Return of The King’ not only honors what Dr. King stood for but what dissappointments Dr. King would have were he to live among us today. While it is extremely doubtful that Dr. King would use the N word IN PUBLIC given its sensitivity and lack of poiltical correctness, his use of the word at the end of the episode highlights what we as Blacks already know about ourselves…that Blacks who settle for less usually arrive late to functions hence the old saying ‘CP time’, pay too much attention to what’s extravagant and what others says about us and that we do all too good a job of tearing each other down. The blame game against Whites ends here…nwe can hold no one accountable but ourselves. In the story the N word is not used in praise but differentiates TRUE brothers and sisters from Pimps and Jackleggers, politicans and so-called ministers alike.

Let’s place more emphsis on the contents of what’s inside a book than the cover readily tells.

Vinnie.

#7 The Poster Formally Known as M
April/27/2007
@ 6:24 pm

I wouldn’t call it a masterful use, but I’m not a big fan of the Boondocks. Still in the context of the program, the use of the N-word made impact and sense.

#8 The Poster Formally Known as Mike
April/27/2007
@ 12:24 pm

I wouldn’t call it a masterful use, but I’m not a big fan of the Boondocks. Still in the context of the program, the use of the N-word made impact and sense.

#9 Mikie
April/30/2007
@ 1:23 pm

I’m tird of always hearing people complaining about being offended about little petty stuff and most of the people complaining is people who don’t watch or hear it for them selves. in my opinion the boondocks is the best cartoon i’ve ever watched.

#10 Mikie
April/30/2007
@ 7:23 am

I’m tird of always hearing people complaining about being offended about little petty stuff and most of the people complaining is people who don’t watch or hear it for them selves. in my opinion the boondocks is the best cartoon i’ve ever watched.

#11 Mikie
April/30/2007
@ 1:25 pm

and as for Danna, have you ever heard of “Freedom of Speach” if not you should look into it!

#12 Mikie
April/30/2007
@ 7:25 am

and as for Danna, have you ever heard of “Freedom of Speach” if not you should look into it!

#13 Abdulraheem Musa
December/23/2008
@ 12:57 pm

i love the boondocks cartoon. its fictional but an undoubted tell-tale and being African and humourously how we are perceived by the world

#14 Abdulraheem Musa
December/23/2008
@ 6:57 am

i love the boondocks cartoon. its fictional but an undoubted tell-tale and being African and humourously how we are perceived by the world

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