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The popular cartoon Boondocks has been “hijacked,” according to creator and executive producer Aaron McGruder, who confirmed he’d have no part of the show’s upcoming fourth season.
After news of the bitter divorce swirled recently, McGruder would only confirm that he has no involvement with the show’s next season.
McGruder had fueled speculation on Facebook when he posted that the show had been “hijacked.” On March 14 he posted on his “Black Jesus” Facebook page, “Just found out someone has hijacked THE BOONDOCKS Facebook page. This was done without my permission and I have absolutely no control over the content being posted as of Friday, March 14.”
Adult Swim, which airs the show, said this would be its final season. The show has not had a new season in four seasons. It will now release the new season on April 21, The Root, who first reported the Facebook controversy, stated.
Sony Pictures Television, which produces the series, issued a press release stating the show “was produced without the involvement of Aaron McGruder, when a mutually agreeable production schedule could not be determined.”
McGruder stated Boondocks as an edgy comic strip based on a 10-year-old black militant, Huey Freeman and his gangsta-wanna-be younger brother Riley living in the suburbs with their grandfather. He started the cartoon strip while he was in college at the University of Maryland.
“News of McGruder’s departure, for some fans, must feel like buying tickets to a Public Enemy show only to find out that Chuck D is no longer with the group,” The Root stated.
The Boondocks pulled no punches when satirizing African-American culture and American politics, according to The Root, noting that the strip was so controversial that some newspapers decided to pull it out of the cartoon section and instead ran it in the op-ed portion of the paper.
Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com