It’s official like a referee with a whistle: Season 4 of “The Boondocks”, in all of its satirical, hilarious glory, is set to premiere April 21st on Adult Swim. The first three seasons of the show did a fantastic job of capturing just how ridiculous and troubling pop culture, especially when it comes to African-Americans, has become in the new millennium. And no one has been safe from the glare of Aaron McGruder and his team: from R. Kelly to Tyler Perry, from President Obama to Lil Wayne, from Bill Cosby to Anne Coulter.
Even everyday local news stories of regular people have been used as inspiration for some of “The Boondocks” most memorable episodes (check out “Fried Chicken Flu” and “The S Word” as examples.) And to say that McGruder has lots of ammo for this new season would be an understatement (“12 Years A Slave”, the Zimmerman verdict, Rick Ross’ “U.O.E.N.O.” verse.) And while it’s likely that Season 4 is already complete, here are a few topics that McGruder could use involve Huey, Riley, Granddad, Uncle Rukus and the whole gang in to get our sides splitting and our minds working.
SHARKEISHA AND OTHER VIRAL VIDEOS
The WorldStar-like viral video that closed out 2013 and set both the blog sphere and mainstream media (CNN, The Huffington Post) abuzz is a prime example of the material McGruder can create a whole episode from. Other viral videos that “The Boondocks” can satirically harp on? The infamous Worldstar “Bus Driver Uppercut” video and the recent 2-year-old Omaha toddler “Thug” video.
HOLLYWOOD PRAISING SUBSURVIET AFRICAN AMERICANS
2013 saw more than a few major Hollywood motion pictures with African-Americans in subservient roles, including Lee Daniel’s “The Butler” and Steve McQueen’s “12 Years A Slave”. And in a continuing tradition, the Hollywood awards season has recognized these and other films with multiple nominations and heaps of praise for its actors, writers, directors and more. In this instance, it’s definitely a prime opportunity to McGruder to poke fun at Hollywood’s predictable and sometimes frustrating portrayals of black people.
HIP HOP REALITY TELEVISION
Probably too easy of pickings for “The Boondocks”, but it would still be vastly entertaining. Both versions of “Love & Hip Hop” alone could make for a few hilarious episodes involving Huey and Riley (especially the latter.) Yes, we’ve seen similar ideas before with the character of Thugnificent in Season 2; still, I’m pretty sure McGruder could tear Mona Scott-Young, VH1 and BET a new one given the chance.
Lemon, a popular CNN anchor and host, felt the sting of the African-American community after his thoughts and comments about the things holding back black people and the New York City “stop and frisk” law in 2013. Popular blog The Grio even went as far as to ask if Lemon is the new Clarence Thomas. This would be the perfect opportunity for McGruder to use show character Tom DuBois to give a hilarious commentary on the continued division that exists between different generations and segments of African-Americans. Just a thought.
Kanye makes himself an easy target for anyone to make fun of. Just look at what transpired on Jimmy Kimmel. But with the way the keeps himself in the public eye with radio interviews and rants that tow the line between passionate and incomprehensible, it would still be worth our time to see “The Boondocks” take on Yeezus. How about an episode where Riley gains the success in Hip Hop that he obviously pines for and goes on Kanye-esque diatribes against anyone or thing in his way? That would be a classic.