Last night's episode of The Boondocks eviscerated Tyler Perry's legacy as the "king" of Black Hollywood. "Pause" centers around Robert Freeman's audition for the Tyler Perry stand-in "Winston Jerome", who has built a stage, television and film empire around the gun-toting, ghetto-fabulous and lewd character "Ma Dukes". The gospel stage play is called "Ma Dukes Gets a Man" and the episode deliciously skewers Perry, the black church and the "religious" message behind the Madea franchise.
Said the "Winston Jerome" character. "I told Jesus I want to write plays for women. And I asked Jesus what do women want to see. And Jesus said, 'Sexy shirtless men!' So I searched the world for the most sexy, shirtless black men. And Jesus was pleased. And I asked Jesus how can I further spread his message? And he said, 'Put on a dress and a wig!' And Jesus was pleased!"
The episode also discusses homophobia and "no homo" , and sums up "Winston Jerome's" plots in 15 seconds (see Part One 2:57). The episode is NONE too subtle in referencing the gay subtext in the plays and movies, speculates on the "casting" process for black male actors hoping to work for "Winston Jerome" and the cult-like atmosphere that surrounds him. Oh and ten points for the fabulous wraparound sweater on the crucifix because Jesus "looks cold up there."
Watch it AFTER THE JUMP ...