down on the boondocks
Ah, another comic icon to throw on the woodpile with Ted Rall.
Aaron McGruder, creater of The Boondocks, gave a lovely speech at the University of Indiana last week.
I've always enjoyed Boondocks. Although I disagree with McGruder's politics, I still found his writing to be both funny and topical, and I liked his characters. They weren't always going on about the state of the world; I have several strips hanging in my office where Huey is playing video games.
During his speech at IU, McGruder gave the standard leftist cliches.
Americans have completely and totally lost control of their government.
Republicans do what psychotic, power- hungry megalomaniacs are supposed to do.
The Republicans play the political game the way it's supposed to be played — dirty, underhanded and messy, and violent. After that one brought out the old standby phrase, Republicans Killed Wellstone.
I don't care about any of that. He's free to espouse his views wherever he wants. I don't really care if he thinks Bush is Hitler or not. What I care about is this statement:
Speaking without notes and keeping up a give-and-take with the audience, he said his goal has been to get a provocative point of view into the newspapers by wrapping it in a cute package.
"Media manipulation is a wonderful thing," he said.
Basically, he just called me an idiot. I think it is reprehnsible for an artist to be so brazen, so arrogant about this. Sure, a lot of them do what McGruder admitted to doing. But to say it in such a way that he paints his readers as easily manipulated morons is beyond conceit.
McGruder managed to keep me interested in his work all this time even though we are polar opposites politically. He just lost me.
Go on, say I'm reading too much into his statement. That's what I took from it and I'm sticking by it.
So long, Huey, Riley, Caesar and Jazmine. Take care, Grandpa.
Bite me, McGruder.