How’s it going, bruh? Hoping all is well your way these days. Let me start this letter out simply by giving you the congratulations and props that you truly deserve. There’s no denying that when it comes to media and pop culture in the 21st century, you are very much a leader. I’m sure by now you’ve heard both lots of praise and ridicule for your brilliant creation known as The Boondocks. With a single comic strip that evolved into an animated series that thus far has lasted for three seasons, yet has remained in the collective consciousness of both fans and detractors for much longer, you’ve helped to sway and effect the conversation on what it is to be black in America in your own unique way. And you should be commended for that every chance a person gets to do so.
Sure, we know that when it comes down to it, this is satire. This is comedy and probably shouldn’t be taken so seriously. This is a piece of media that’s intended to be consumed for entertainment purposes. However, The Boondocks is a show that has arguably gained a cult following comparable to some of the most popular cable television shows in the past 10-plus years (read: The Wire, The Sopranos, etc.)
And it has done so because you, the show creator, your staff of writers, the voice talent in Regina King, John Witherspoon, Cedric Yarbrough and many others truthfully aren’t afraid to take it there. Whether it was episodes featuring the calling out of R. Kelly or the frustration of a resurrected Martin Luther King, Jr. to the point of him saying “will you ignorant n*ggas PLEASE shut the hell up???” (I paraphrase, of course.), or some of the most memorable characters like Uncle Ruckus, A Pimp Named Slickback, Rev. Rallo Goodlove, Thugnificent, and many more. No matter what it is, from its origins as a comic strip in 1999 to the shows debut in 2005, we as fans have been thoroughly blessed to be entertained, educated, challenged, maddened, and moved to think more because of your creation. And if no one has said it yet (even though I’m sure you’ve run into hundreds of people that already have, or at least I hope so), I would like to take this time to simply say…Thank You.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get back to the current state of things. As you are well aware, ever since the last episode of The Boondocks aired nearly four years ago, there’s been mass speculation, a ton of rumors and a boatload of hearsay as to whether there would be another season. So when we fans were greeted with the news only a few short months ago that the show would be returning for Season 4, we were ecstatic. We were jumping for joy. Not to take it too far or get melodramatic on you, but there were many of us that fell into a state of both euphoria and nirvana. It was that deep. I even wrote an article about for this very site concerning some topics that some fans would probably like to see spun in the magnificently satirical way that only The Boondocks can. The return of the epic adventures of Huey, Riley, Granddad, Uncle Ruckus and the whole gang? Honestly, how can we resist?
But in the last few days, much of our delight and excitement has given way to dismay and reservations when we found out that you, as the original creator and architect, were not involved in the production of Season 4 at all. A confirmation on both you and Adult Swim’s parts have also made this fact quite clear, much to the chagrin of fans of the show the world over.
Let me just be real with you for a moment, Aaron. Because of my curiosity, my vested interest and my time invested into the first three seasons of YOUR creation, I will be tuning in for at least the first episode. In all honesty, I want to see what direction the show takes in Season 4. However, due to what we as fans have been made privy to in terms of you and Adult Swim not being able to come to agreement in terms of producing the show, it seems many of us have been polarized and split. There are those, like me, who even with many reservations and “what ifs”, will still what to see what it done with The Boondocks. And there are others that have already noted that they will not be tuning in this season mainly due to the fact that you were not involved with the show, which I must respect.
However, my hope, in the near future, is two fold. First, I’m hopeful that The Boondocks will go on. But secondly, and even more important and greater than that, I’m hopeful that YOU will be involved and at the helm again soon. As great and as envelope-pushing a show as The Boondocks is, my personal belief is that it’s still YOUR show. And maybe it’s for selfish reason, but with this thing that you’ve created from scratch, you and the writers that probably left with you (yup…I’m not that naïve) need to be at the helm. Without both you and them, many of us may very well enjoy this new season thoroughly, but it still just won’t be the same.
Thanks so much for your time, Aaron. All the best to you and yours!