Uncle Ruckus crashes the 2013 NAACP Image Awards in promotion of his new film The Uncle Ruckus Movie. If you want it show your support at http://www.uncleruckusmovie.com
The thing about racial comedy is that there’s a very, very fine line between people laughing at you and people laughing with you. Chappelle’s Show mined racial humor to great effect for years, but Dave Chappelle, while working on a sketch about racist fairies, found himself in a situation where he realized that people were probably laughing at his racial humor instead of laughing with him. The stereotypes became the funny part, instead of the situations those stereotypes were put into. He did the only sensible thing a man can do in that situation: he hit the eject button and left the show to find some semblance of peace and re-center.
Uncle Ruckus is brutally funny. I’ve been rewatching The Boondocks, and as far as character concepts go, he has a stunning amount of depth. But he’s also the character who most needs the context of The Boondocks — the effortless satire, the fearless approach to humor, the wide variety of black characters — to make sense. Removed from that context, Ruckus isn’t much but a white supremacist’s wet dream.
McGruder and company have a big challenge in front of them. The Uncle Ruckus Movie is, at the moment, an idea. There’s no studio involved, and their hope is to raise $200,000 to produce and release an “R-rated theatrical comedy” written and directed by McGruder and starring Williams.
I won’t lie: I’m a little worried about how this movie will end up, assuming it gets made. These guys have walked the tightrope with Ruckus for three seasons now, so I should have more faith, but I can’t shake the feeling that The Uncle Ruckus Movie could very much end up being the racist fairies moment for The Boondocks. The line between a really good joke and a really ugly joke can be thin, and giving Ruckus his own spotlight seems like an almost-surefire way to tilt things toward ugliness.
Backing the project for $25 (the “Clint Eastwood” level) earns you a DVD of the movie, a backer button, and a selection of photos and music featuring Uncle Ruckus. Backing it to the tune of ten grand, the “Ronald Reagan” level, gives you a co-producer credit, a spot in the movie, tickets to the premiere, a signed script, and more.
Hopefully they can stick the landing on this one. I feel like if they don’t, I’m going to have to deal with another few years of dudes quoting the movie at me at parties in an attempt to show how cool they are. If they do stick the landing… well, it wouldn’t be the first time I cried with laughter while watching The Boondocks. Just check out the video below, which is absolutely NSFW.
- The Boondocks’ Big Announcement Was A Trailer For The Uncle Ruckus Movie [VIDEO] (hiphopwired.com)
- Creator Of “The Boondocks” Aaron McGruder Asks Fans To Fund Uncle Ruckus Movie (biglonpromo.com)
- ‘Boondocks’ Creator Aaron McGruder to Produce Uncle Ruckus Movie (kysdc.com)