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Aaron McGruder, creator and executive producer of The Boondocks, has had no involvement with the upcoming 4th season of the cartoon, Adult Swim confirms, fueling suspicions that began on Facebook where McGruder claimed The Boondocks page had been "hijacked."
According to a press release issued by Adult Swim, "this season was
produced without the involvement of Aaron McGruder, when a mutually
agreeable production schedule could not be determined."
In response to a request for comment, Aaron McGruder would only
confirm that he has had no involvement with this season of the show.
While it is unclear how and when the decision was reached, fans of
the show are now left with more questions than answers. After McGruder
claimed that The Boondocks page was "hijacked," some are left
wondering who's responsible for the hijacking? By McGruder taking the
feud to a public page, fans wonder if McGruder's inability to access the
page was the first news that he had that he wouldn't be involved with
When exactly did McGruder part company with the cartoon he founded years ago and what are the terms of his departure?
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.
From the outset, the comic strip was brash and bold seen through the eyes of young black radical Huey Freeman. The Boondocks
pulled no punches when satirizing African-American culture and American
politics. The strip was so controversial that after being nationally
syndicated some newspapers decided to pull McGruder out of the cartoon
section and instead run them in the op-ed portion of the paper reserved
for free thought.
While both sides are being tight-lipped as to what exactly happened,
what is clear is that McGruder is no longer connected to the
groundbreaking television project that was created from his cartoon
strip while he was in college at the University of Maryland. Of course,
confirmation of that only came after The Root broke the news of the Facebook controversy on Thursday.