Daily Archives: June 24, 2010

Yes Homo


Well as we all know Mr. Perry takes a very strong stand on unions. Labor unions that is. If you work for him and so much as think of starting one he’ll fire your black ass in a split nanosecond.

As for uh personal unions, well that’s another matter, him being such a Christian Bachelor and all.

All his fans are sure he’ll find the right woman one day soon.

Meanwhile a rather famous non-fan thinks Tyler Perry is the woman he wants.

Can I get an “Oh Prunella!” ?

The latest episode of “The Boondocks,” the satirical animated TV series that airs on the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim slate, takes brutal aim at Perry and his brand, which blends melodrama, raucous comedy and religious themes. Coming under intense ridicule is Perry’s portrayal of Madea, the gun-toting, foul-mouthed grandmother at the center of many of his films.
In “Pause,” an episode written by McGruder and executive producer Rodney Barnes that aired Sunday, a thinly disguised version of Perry named Winston Jerome is positioned as a closeted, cross-dressing cult leader whose love of the Christian faith is a mask for his true sexuality. Though the character bears little physical or vocal resemblance to Perry, the reference is obvious to those familiar with Perry’s work. The dancing Ma Duke is a clear parody of Madea.
The Jerome character wears a pink sweater, is surrounded by bare-chested muscular men and constantly proclaims his love for Jesus even as he attempts to seduce Granddad ( John Witherspoon), the guardian of the two boys, Huey and Riley Freeman, at the center of the series. The fame-hungry Granddad is trying out for a part in Jerome’s new play, “Ma Duke Finds Herself a Man.”
Near the end of the episode, Jerome bluntly asks Granddad for sex; the old man responds, “Do you mean to tell me that this whole cross-dressing Christian cult crap is just so you can sleep with men?” “Uh, pretty much, yeah,” says Jerome.

Pretty Much a Direct Hit.

This is not the first time McGruder and his series have flirted with controversy. The acidic tone of this episode recalled two 2008 installments in which McGruder blasted one of his frequent targets, BET, lampooning what he called the network’s harmful negative imagery and stereotypes that work as a “destructive” force within African American culture. Those episodes were never broadcast after executives from BET complained and threatened legal action.

Well that hasn’t happened in this case. And it’s not likely to.

McGruder and executives for Turner and Adult Swim declined to comment on the episode. Representatives for Perry did not return phone calls.

And now someone who has never found the need to don drag, or strike ostentatiously “Christian” poses will sing us out.