Originally created 06/05/99

Finds strip `mature social criticism' 060599 - The Augusta Chronicle



Re two letters sent expressing their distaste for the strip "The Boondocks":

In S. Nyhoff's letter the first sentence read, "I was appalled to read on last Sunday's funny page a comic justifying violence, vandalism and theft." I doubt that the artistwriter of the strip was seriously advocating or justifying these actions. Why does the writer not also then attack "The Lockhorns" for its portrayal of Leroy's alcoholism as a humorous part of his personality, or even the sexist portrayal of women in such respected strips as "Blondie" and "Beetle Bailey"?

I find the humor in "The Boondocks" to be more contemporary and timely than many other strips carried by The Chronicle, and was quite pleased to see it replace the rather dull "Curtis." ...

The premier strip (May 9) I saw as being one of the smarter jokes that I had seen in a daily strip in a long time. The following strips involving the interracial child were just as smart, because they expose the ignorance that many white people have of other cultures. How many of us laugh at the jokes on "The Simpsons" that make jokes out of eastern cultures (as seen in the character of Apu who works at the Quik E Mart), or even at the ignorance of white Americans (as seen in Homer Simpson) or at Eddie Murphy's "The PJ's," in which he makes jokes out of African-Americans' living conditions and stereotyped characteristics in urban project developments -- and we don't think twice about it?

I see "The Boondocks" as merely a step in daily strips catching up to the level of mature social criticism seen in the humor of television for the past few years.

Nolen Strals, Thomson



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