No one saw this coming but Riley, Granddad Freeman, and Huey are back for the highly anticipated Season 4 of “The Boondocks,” this time without the direction of Aaron McGruder; the beloved comic strip and animated series creator. We’re sure many of you were well aware of the shows return but what will a whole new Season without McGruder be like?
The Boondocks series is a cult classic that has grown exponentially since its 1999 debut. Many fans identify with the ‘in your face’ satirical cartoon mainly because of the way it breaks down stereotypes, politics, family matters and countless paradigms within the black community. Followers of the show have been drawn to it because of McGruder’s powerful undertone and messages embedded in socio-political commentary. The Boondocks cartoon may be losing its creators’ voice but we can only hope that the stories continue to stay true to the essence and spirit of Aaron McGruder’s overall message of action and awareness.
Upon the announcement of his departure from the series, McGruder shared his thoughts on the action via Facebook:
As the world now knows, The Boondocks will be returning for a fourth season, but I will not be returning with it. I’d like to extend my gratitude to Sony and Adult Swim for three great seasons.
I created The Boondocks two decades ago in college, did the daily comic for six years, and was showrunner on the animated series for the first three seasons. The Boondocks pretty much represents my life’s work to this point. Huey, Riley, and Granddad are not just property to me. They are my fictional blood relatives. Nothing is more painful than to leave them behind.
To quote a great white man, “Hollywood is a business”. And to quote another great white man, “Don’t hold grudges”.
What has never been lost on me is the enormous responsibility that came with The Boondocks – particularly the television show and it’s relatively young audience. It was important to offend, but equally important to offend for the right reasons. For three seasons I personally navigated this show through the minefields of controversy. It was not perfect. And it definitely was not quick. But it was always done with a keen sense of duty, history, culture, and love. Anything less would have been simply unacceptable.
As for me, I’m finally putting a life of controversy and troublemaking behind me with my upcoming Adult Swim show, BLACK JESUS.
Source: The Boondocks Facebook page