I was a lil late catching up on my weekly dose of Boondocks this week but couldn’t help but hear the buzz about how Aaron McGruder ‘went in” on Tyler Perry.
Perry, who’s caught heat over the years from the likes of Spike Lee and Dr. Cornel West, now faces the hip-hop heads with McGruder’s take on his chitlin circuit gospel plays, which he describes as “…a homo-erotic christian theatre cult.”
McGruder creates a dancing “Ma Duke” character, who was definitely a parody of Madea…
In “Pause,” an episode written by McGruder, a thinly veiled version of Perry (Winston Jerome) is portrayed as a closeted, cross-dressing cult leader whose love of the Christian faith is a mask for his true sexuality. There’s definitely some classic quotes in the episode, like Riley’s take on “no-homo:”
“How I know you not homo unless you say ‘no homo’?”
And while the “Winston Jerome” character bears little physical resemblance to Perry, the reference is obvious…
In case you missed it:
The Jerome character wears a pink sweater, is surrounded by bare-chested muscular men and constantly proclaims his love of Jesus Christ as he attempts to seduce Granddad (John Witherspoon), the guardian of Huey and Riley Freeman, at the center of the series.
Granddad auditioned for a part in Jerome’s new play, “Ma Duke Finds Herself a Man” and ends up getting the part as Ma Duke’s love interest.
All I know is… I haven’t laughed this hard since the Kanye “Gay Fish” Southpark episode. *BRAVO!*