Q&A Frida #26: What About The Boondocks Commercials?
Question: “Have you seen the commercials for Adult Swim’s new show “The Boondocks”, in which the main character claims that “Jesus was black, Ronald Reagan was the devil, and the government is lying about 9/11″, and do you have a problem with pop culture advertisements based on partisanship?” — maledicta
Answer: I’ve seen the commercials and I don’t have a problem with Cartoon Network running it, although I won’t be watching either. If they think there is an audience out there for that crap — and The Boondocks is complete and utter crap — then more power to ’em. That’s capitalism.
PS: Comic strips are insulated from commercial pressures in a way that other mediums aren’t, which is why the comics pages in most newspapers are so deadly dull. Furthermore, The Boondocks is a show that appeals to a very narrow slice of the demographic pie. So, if they’re banking on The Boondocks pulling a big audience, I think Cartoon Network will be disappointed. But, time will tell.