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He's missing the main jist of the episode......

Al Sharpton Criticizes 'Boondocks'
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January 26, 2006
The Rev. Al Sharpton has asked for an apology from Cartoon Network for an episode of edgy animated series "The Boondocks" that shows the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. saying the N-word.


"Cartoon Network must apologize and also commit to pulling episodes that desecrate black historic figures," Sharpton, a civil-rights activist and former Democratic presidential candidate, said in a statement Tuesday.

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.

In the episode, King is branded a traitor and terrorist sympathizer for his "turn-the-other-cheek" philosophy of nonviolence in response to post-Sept. 11 retaliation. Exhausted, he moves to Canada, but his speech provokes a second civil-rights revolution.

Cartoon Network released a statement Tuesday saying the episode is a tribute to King and "in no way was meant to offend or 'desecrate'" his name.

Aaron McGruder, who has been called a "genius" and "the angriest black man in America" as he skewered everything from the Bush White House to Black Entertainment Television, began writing "The Boondocks" comic strip, on which the TV series is based, in 1997.

The strip, known for its risky political and social satire, follows the adventures of two black children living in a white, middle-class suburb.

Sharpton said he could appreciate McGruder and his achievements, but added: "This particular episode is over the line." (AP)
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puleeze......Aaaron Mcgruder is placing positive messages in all of his shows.....more than any of that other bullschit on TV...like the one about eating all that heavy azz food and dying as a part of tradition in black families. I get the point(message) and how the episode had really good shock value to it.....there are different ways of getting different people's attention and I bet that show made allot more people pay attention that would have not normally listened to a preacher wailing that fire and brimstone BS all of the time...matter of fact....I do not like dramatic speaking at all....if you're actually saying something worth a damn....you don't have to holler and add theatrics to it........that wasn't a desecration of King.......he was actually trying to do the same things as the past but reach people in a more contemporary azz way...If I went into a room full of fools dancing and fighting and hollering and all that jazz...I would have to do something to get attention before I could start reading out of my schoolbooks....no the word nigger is not necessary....but i understand the context that Aaron had the cartoon MLK speaking from...people need to quit focusing on small particulars in the midst of a bigger message being conveyed............really......

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