Is He An Example of Political Consciousness Gone Adrift or Doing Good Business By Maximizing Market Dollars for the Revolution?
This article about Aaron McGruder brings with it a question, "What, if any, social responsibilty does an artist have concerning the consumers of their work?"
McGruder's The Boondocks is viewed by many as an expression of the social and political concerns of the largely ignored and marginalized African-American Middle Class (everyday people), as well as those euphemistically categorized as "urban youth" or simply "urban." His brazen and humorous political and social commentary receives equitable amounts of applause and antagonism.
His latest project, a TV series version of The Boondocks for the Adult Swim component of the Cartoon Network, will take a few decidedly low brow turns by some accounts. Hmmmmm. Is he simply conforming to the limitations of his new medium or is this part of his ingenious plan to save America from itself?