Thursday, November 30, 2006

Method or just Madness

The cartoonist explains that his work is for "people who get it."

Trying to explain the method to his madness, McGruder said, "It's a show for people who look at the world and say, 'There's something seriously wrong here.'

"There are people who get satire, (people) with critical thinking skills. And then there are those who don't get it," said McGruder.

"This show was created for people who get it. Everyone else we're really not too concerned about."

Turning the comic strip into a cartoon, said McGruder, has allowed him "a wonderful amount of creative freedom" as well as access to a younger audience.

"It's an audience that "gets it" more than "your average newspaper reader (who) is a 50-year-old white man."

McGruder explains the shows heavy use of the "N" word on his show

I use the word "nigga" in this show to show not just black people but all sorts of other people how it has grown in it's use. Lots of black people tend to use that word in a sentence to replace "man" or it is just use to symbolize the presence of another person. The fact that it is used negatively against african americans, is what makes it an ignorant term for anyone to use and especially for a black person. This is to teach people that it is stupid to use the word. The Boondocks will be on DVD soon, so watch out! - McGruder

Both explanations sound good on the surface, but honestly how many African Americans, let alone youth have access to cable and are up late Sundays night watching his show, sounds more like his demographic would be primarily white.

As for his use of the "N" word, his logic is as sound as calling someone "fat" because you want them to lose weight

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