Saturday, October 17, 2020

Humorous Confirmation Bias


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Rasheed, Muhammad. "Humorous Confirmation Bias." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 18 Oct 2020. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

Muhammad Rasheed - Although I've seen clips of it over the years, I never got around to watching the Boondocks tv show, despite initially intending to do so when I heard the early buzz. Skip-jump up to today and I'm not likely to follow up on that. 

No one quotes and shares clips from that show more often than my white supremacist argument opponents and that's a problem to me. Remember, it was the "N1993rs vs Black People" bit that took Chris Rock into crossover super-stardom, but he later expressed regret for it because of how the delighted white racist community responded to it. The same for Dave Chappelle during a moment on his celebrated show when he realized he may have been irresponsible with some of the jokes based on how certain gleefully wild-eyed white people offset were laughing AT him and not WITH him. 

It's pretty clear that the process of transforming Aaron McGruder's popular syndicated comic strip into the animated corporate product severely compromised it in the name of "universal appeal." For example, my latest white supremacist debate opponent even said that my Weapon of the People: DECODED editorial cartoons are shitty because they aren't "balanced out" and that I should "at the very least show some black people being jerks [to white people], like other black media has.“

"Universal appeal" in this case obviously means to pretend we live in a "post-racial" America and racial equality has already been achieved at all levels. Combined with the few clips I've seen where the Boondocks show took what I considered unfair potshots that I just 100% disagreed with and don't share the same opinion of, it means I'm not likely to develop the motivation to ever give that show a shot. Instead, I'll probably purchase collections of Aaron's old comic strip to show my support for his genius.

Jay Kelley - Now you've gone and done it...

Muhammad Rasheed - Ya love that show, do ya? lol

Jay Kelley - Yeah. That's why your piece hits so hard. I realize you're correct. I don't want to agree with you, but reason has a mind of it's own. God forbid it, but I think you're right...

Jay Kelley - But Rasheed, you have to admit the show has it's moments. 

Muhammad Rasheed - I'm sure the show had great moments, just like it's impossible not to listen to that infamous bit from Chris Rock and not laugh. It IS funny.

I'm just saying that version of McGruder's vision just isn't for me.

Jay Kelley - I prefer the comic strip to the show.

FunqSir - @Muhammad... Never saw a full show of  Boondocks either. I could tell from some McGruder interviews tho...that he was occasionally "lost at sea". He had "made it " in white media... and to borrow a baseball analogy couldn't throw strikes anymore. I'm sure other blk. celebs are there too.

Muhammad Rasheed - Yeah. That's why he started looking disheveled and developed an alcohol problem. Wrestling with Hollywood is apparently as stressful as being POTUS.

ados_warrior - Yeah I watched this show on its premiere date and never watched again.

MEDIUM: Scanned pen & ink cartoon drawing w/Adobe Photoshop color.

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