Aaron McGruder sure knows how to push buttons.
Via his popular Cartoon Network series ‘The Boondocks,’ the Chicago native has given his bold and brash comedic take on everyone from Martin Luther King to Black Entertainment Television, causing controversy in his wake.
Now it appears that the reclusive cartoonist has set his sights on parodying the cottage industry known as Tyler Perry.
The June 20 episode of his satirical series, titled ‘Pause,’ features a character named Winston Jerome, a religious playwright-director-actor who also cross-dresses as a no-nonsense grandmother named Ma Dukes in movies and chitlin’ circuit plays. The imagery immediately brings thoughts of Perry’s star character Madea Simmons to mind. Granddad is cast as Ma Dukes’ love interest, and his grandsons, Huey and Riley, break into the a well-guarded compound to rescue their beloved guardian and save him from a homoerotic religious cult.
Perry, arguably the most successful African American filmmaker today, has had several movies, including ‘Why Did I Get Married?’ and ‘Madea Goes to Jail,’ top the box office and in turn has become a powerful multimillionaire entertainment mogul. He also owns a compound in the Atlanta area.
Coincidentally for McGruder, Perry just happens to have the top-rated sitcoms on TBS with his ‘House of Payne’ and ‘Meet the Browns.’ And both TBS and Cartoon Network are owned by the same parent company, Turner Broadcasting.
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