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Tyler Perry unhappy with Boondocks parody

The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder has created another tempest in a teapot after the June 20th episode ran making fun of Tyler Perry. A reportedly infuriated Perry retaliated behind the scenes.

Rumors began circulating days after the installment aired June 20 that an enraged Perry fired members of his staff due to possible leaks. Last week, the Los Angeles Times reported Perry contacted executives at Turner Broadcasting and threatened to end his relationship with them because of “The Boondocks” episode. Perry has two shows that air on TBS — “House of Payne” and “Meet the Browns.” Turner Broadcasting owns both TBS and Cartoon Network. (“The Boondocks” is a part of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block.) To keep the peace, Turner executives are said to have apologized to Perry for not warning him beforehand and vowed to never air the episode again. Cassie Bryan, a Turner spokeswoman, confirms the episode is not scheduled to re-air but was unable to say if it was banned.

In that same Detroit News article quoted above, Todd Boyd, a professor of critical studies at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts adds that Aaron’s work is impressive considering how fresh it can be despite the production time.

“The strength of ‘Boondocks’ as a comic strip was its ability to serve as a running commentary about what was going on in the culture. Because of the production schedule of television, it’s hard to be current in the commentary. But (McGruder) has always been very smart and politically astute. I can appreciate the willingness to go after people who are otherwise treated as sacred cows.”

Community Comments

#1 Alec Fritz
July/7/2010
@ 10:58 am

“WAAH, WAAH, No one’s allowed to make fun of me!!” Cried Mr. Perry while wearing a dress.

#2 R Pyle
July/7/2010
@ 5:47 pm

Tyler Perry needs to laugh at himself.

The rest of us do.

#3 mike crachiolo
July/7/2010
@ 11:21 pm

tyler perry is not funny at all he is fooling a lot of people and is mad because he was made a laughing stock by a much more talented man

#4 Garey Mckee
July/8/2010
@ 4:21 pm

“McGruder also depicted Perry’s work as flimsy and stereotypical.”

Yeah, that about sums it up.

#5 Dave Stephens
July/8/2010
@ 4:48 pm

Did Professor Boyd just call Tyler Perry a cow? Oh, snap! Hilarity will now ensue (there’s a first time for everything!).

#6 Clay Jones
July/9/2010
@ 11:40 am

I just read that he hasn’t fired anyone on his staff and there’s no lawsuit brewing. His official replay is “no response”.
I’m no Tyler Perry fan and his movies and shows are crap, but I don’t like misinformation either.

#7 brandon nars
September/11/2010
@ 8:17 pm

i like the boondocks iam waiting for it to come on now the show is more then good on more than one aspects, it should be played in a better time slot, tyler perry is a cross dresser and thats all i have to say about that

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