The LA Times business-entertainment blog Company Town reports that Black actor/producer/mogul Tyler Perry is so angry about a June 20 episode of "The Boondocks" sharply lampooning his popular character Madea, he may re-think his relationship with Turner Broadcasting, which owns Cartoon Network and airs Perry's shows "House of Payne" and "Meet the Browns."
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Longtime LA Times reporter Greg Braxton wrote about the episode two days after it aired, forecasting a likely headache for Tuner executives.
"In "Pause," an episode written by [Aaron] McGruder and executive producer Rodney Barnes that aired Sunday, a thinly disguised version of Perry named Winston Jerome is positioned as a closeted, cross-dressing cult leader whose love of the Christian faith is a mask for his true sexuality. Though the character bears little physical or vocal resemblance to Perry, the reference is obvious to those familiar with Perry's work. The dancing Ma Duke is a clear parody of Madea.
The Jerome character wears a pink sweater, is surrounded by bare-chested muscular men and constantly proclaims his love for Jesus even as he attempts to seduce Granddad (John Witherspoon), the guardian of the two boys, Huey and Riley Freeman, at the center of the series. The fame-hungry Granddad is trying out for a part in Jerome's new play, "Ma Duke Finds Herself a Man."
Near the end of the episode, Jerome bluntly asks Granddad for sex; the old man responds, "Do you mean to tell me that this whole cross-dressing Christian cult crap is just so you can sleep with men?" "Uh, pretty much, yeah," says Jerome."
Joe Flint at Company Town says the episode that aired is the milder of two other scripts originally submitted more than a year ago.
This was originally posted at LGBT POV.