I must have missed this through the rush of the holidays, but HBO recently premiered their new mockumentary series Angry Boys, starring Australian writer/actor Chris Lilley as six different characters, including an L.A. rapper named S. Mouse whom he portrays in black face.
Find a clip of Lilley as S. Mouse here.
Well, here we go again. It seems that no matter how far we’ve come, no matter how often political pundits proclaim a post-racial America, we continue to deal with these images – poor attempts at humor at black folks’ expense.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lilley said of his political incorrectness:
“There were things with [previous series] Summer Heights High that I got into trouble with and I think I got a bit scared off. But when I look at [the show], it’s that desire to shock and challenge people — I don’t like the idea that my main motivation is to be politically incorrect. It’s part of what I find funny but mostly I like compelling and real characters. That’s what I care more about than shocking people.”
At this point, all I can do is groan and change the channel.
For those of you who tuned in to the show, feel free to weigh in with your thoughts below. Perhaps I’m seeing this all wrong. I’m not a fan or follower of Lilley, so perhaps there’s some deeper cultural understanding that I’m just not getting. If so, feel free to chime in.