The Boondocks season 3 episode 4 is just the latest hilariously shocking chapter of the series, mocking racism in the most in-your-face way possible. In the latest episode, Uncle Ruckus tries his hand at songwriting and gets an opportunity to meet his favorite musician, an old feller by the name of Jimmy Rebel. And what you hear the two sing about in the episode (they’ve got a very special song about the president) makes for some outrageous and hilarious must-see TV (I did choose to write about it over the ‘Lost’ and ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ finales, after all.)
The Boondocks Season 3 Episode 4: The Best Episode Starring Uncle Ruckus Yet?
Not since BET sent a camera crew to follow Uncle Ruckus has there been a better episode starring the enigmatic man who is racist against all those who share his skin color. When Uncle Ruckus offends checker-playing pal Robert (the only black man he declares to like a little) with the ridiculously racist Southern music that he’s listening to, he vows to write his own song, even going as far as to send his recording to musician Jimmy Rebel. To Uncle Ruckus’ amazement, Jimmy Rebel shows up at his doorstep, hoping to meet the man behind the highly offensive song he received in the mail.
Uncle Ruckus is shocked, surprised, and ashamed, knowing that Jimmy Rebel was likely looking to meet a Clint Eastwood-like white man, and instead calls himself “Toby”, Uncle Ruckus’ “manservant”. He and Jimmy Rebel spend a delightful day together, during which Jimmy Rebel reveals to Uncle Ruckus that he’s probably only the fifth black man he’s ever talked to, and that he actually likes him. But then Jimmy Rebel wants to meet Uncle Ruckus, and “Toby” comes up with an elaborate plan to have Robert pose as a sick Uncle Ruckus behind a closed door in order to figure out what his new friend has to say about his music. But when Jimmy Rebel slides a few signed albums with racist titles under the door, Robert decides he won’t play along anymore, and the truth is revealed.
The Boondocks Season 3 Episode 4: The President is a What?
Surprisingly, Jimmy Rebel doesn’t seem to have much of a problem with it, stating that he “sort of new it all along”. And, in fact, he asks Uncle Ruckus to come record music with him in Racistville, USA. Of course Jimmy Rebel’s label is worried that this won’t work out, but the two record “The President is a N-word” anyway. Yes, that’s right; except the words are not censored on The Boondocks.
So you’ve got a racist white man and a black man that is racist against all black people (including himself) happily singing together and calling the president the N-word. Seriously, who else gets away with this?
The Boondocks Season 3 Episode 4: Uncle Ruckus’ Moral Predicament
But then things come to a head when Jimmy Rebel takes Uncle Ruckus to a $#!*kicker bar (I believe that was actually the name of the bar) to sing with him, playing a touching song called ‘One Good N-word’ all about Uncle Ruckus and how he’s a hard working man with multiple jobs. It’s obvious that Uncle Ruckus is deeply moved, but when Jimmy Rebel invites him out on the stage, it becomes clear that the crowd is not. A typical redneck bar brawl breaks out, and the two are forced to escape in Jimmy Rebel’s car, a replica of the General Lee from ‘Dukes of Hazzard’.
And while it seems that the partnership of Jimmy Rebel and Uncle Ruckus may have come to an end, Jimmy Rebel still doesn’t want to give up on his new friend. He apologizes for what happened and admits that “rednecks are !#$%ing stupid” and even admits that they didn’t hate Uncle Ruckus because he was some horrible lazy stereotype of a black man; they simply hated him because he was black. He then lets Uncle Ruckus know that he still wants to sing with him. However, an upset Uncle Ruckus tells Jimmy Rebel that he’s “not the racist I thought you were,” leaving his idol and returning home.
For, you see, although most of us would want the celebrities we obsess over to like us and befriend us if we ever actually met, Jimmy Rebel letting Uncle Ruckus know that he liked him ruined the man in Uncle Ruckus’ eyes. To admit that he likes one black man destroys everything that Jimmy Rebel stood for and the reason Uncle Ruckus looked up to him. It’s idiotically confusing, I know, but that’s Uncle Ruckus and overtly racist Southern musicians for you.
The Boondocks Season 3 Episode 4: The Lesson?
In the end, Jimmy Rebel still doesn’t give up on Uncle Ruckus, as the musician that’s gotten tired of being angry wants their love of music to keep the duo together. He tells Uncle Ruckus that he doesn’t want to sing about black people (not the word he uses) anymore, but that there are lots of other things to sing about, like life, love, beer, and women. And so the two make amends and decide to continue on with their new partnership.
So what do they ultimately decide to sing about? Hispanic Americans, of course (namely about sending them back to Mexico). Sigh. So what is the lesson here? Well, I guess I’ll just quote Huey Freeman’s famous words when we finally got to hear his thoughts on America getting its first black president: “Eh.”