Black Jesus: WTFWBJD
October 10, 2014 12:06 AM - Season 1, Episode 10 - Subscribe

While Jesus is on the run, the gang is left to ponder what would Black Jesus do in their shoes.
posted by ob1quixote (2 comments total)
So this was the finale. Everyone seems to have learned a lesson, but I'm not sure it was obvious enough. There was no scourging of the moneychangers. No sermon on the mount. We got some garden of Gethsemane and then Jesus gets pinched. Fade to black on the same kinds of jokes that lead Average Bro to write, If you tuned into this show expecting social commentary, you're probably gonna be pissed.

It's a damn shame, because I know McGruder has the series we all wanted to see in him. He took great pains to not make white people the villains, but whatever point he wanted to make with Vic and Lloyd was lost sometime around when Jason got Dianne high with the tomato sauce.

I can't help but wondering if this show wasn't a reaction to a note from Sony that they wanted more "urban" comedy in The Boondocks. Black Jesus was McGruder's way of saying, "Oh, you want urban? More 'street' language? I've got your 'urban' right here." Kind of like Terrence and Phillip on South Park were Parker and Stone's way of saying, "No, this is the worst animation and all fart jokes."

All that being said, Johnson is so likable as Jesus, it's hard to dislike the show entirely.
posted by ob1quixote at 1:55 AM on October 10, 2014

All that being said, Johnson is so likable as Jesus, it's hard to dislike the show entirely.

This is pretty much it. Lloyd makes me laugh sometimes as well. I've cringed through most of this show's content. I guess we'll see what they do with it, because a lot of it just could have been left off of television. I don't know where along the line McGruder went off the rails. Those early Boondocks books, which I own, were the best.
posted by cashman at 6:04 AM on October 13, 2014

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