*An LA Times blog is reporting that things are a still a little touchy between Tyler Perry and his business associates at Time Warner in the wake of a recent episode on “The Boondocks” that parodied the man whose alter ego is a dress wearing, gun totin’ woman named Madea.
Simply put, Perry is pissed.
The episode in question – “Pause” – (scroll down to watch) – which aired on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block, on June 20 – went hard on Perry with the lampooning. The show, which is executive produced by Aaron McGruder, who also created the now-defunct comic strip of the same name, featured a thinly veiled version of Perry named Winston Jerome. In the episode, Jerome is shown to be a closeted cross-dresser who uses religion to hide his lifestyle.
A furious Perry contacted the suits at Turner Broadcasting, which, along with the Cartoon Network, is owned by Time Warner, to complain loudly about the episode and even threatened to rethink his relationship with the company.
Phil Kent, the chief executive of Turner Broadcasting is known a low-key executive, but he’s also a former talent agent and put his skills to work; he told the actor-producer that he should have been given a warning about the episode.
So was it a case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand was doing or did anybody care:
Senior executives at Turner knew the episode had the potential to cause headaches when the script for it first came in more than a year ago, people close to the show said. McGruder had wanted the show to be the season premiere, but instead “Pause” was moved (some say buried) further into the season.
In the original script, McGruder did not make much of an effort to alter the identity of the subject of his scorn; he had to be told to change the name of the character so it wouldn’t so closely resemble Perry’s. He came back with a name that was a play on Perry’s legal name, but that didn’t fly either. And, hence, Winston Jerome was born.
Read more HERE.
Watch the controversial episode here: