I can sum it up in 2 words: Neo-Coonery Foolishness.
I want the 30 min or so that I watched “Freaknik the Musical” back. I think my credit score is actually lower this morning because I watched that mess. That was one of the most ignorant, trifling, things I’ve ever seen. There was no redeeming value. Period.
- A fat guy jumped into a sea of jiggling asses
- Lil Wayne voiced a drug dealing king pin/Jesus Christ character
- The Boule’s Oprah-looking charater
- The robot that looked like Al Sharpton, voiced by Charlie Murphy
Now, I don’t know why I would have expected any less from T-Pain. But you know what, he’s just a pawn. I’m sure he was not the head person in charge. I don’t know how a group of people…likely blacks and whites…got together and decided to spend money to produce this craziness. I have to shout out “Come’on Son!!” to Cartoon Network on this one.
Now, let me just say to the haters…I know the Boondocks is on the same channel and last night a number of people noted on Twitter (hashtag: #freaknik) that they felt it was hypocritical that people love that show but hated this coon fest. The difference: Boondocks episodes has a point. There is an insight or awareness that is weaved through those episodes that is mixed in with various levels of craziness. At the end of “Freaknik the Musical” what was the point? Somebody please tell me! Um…”Trap Jesus” aka Lil Wayne was in jail and “Ghost of Freaknik Past” aka T-Pain ran away from a woman who had just told him that she needed support for his baby. WTF?
I will say that it had some potential. They tried to comment on the struggle between old guard, black bourgeois and leadership vs. the youth of the hip hop generation. Also, some needed attention was given to illiteracy. One of the main character’s catchphase was “It’s in a Book”. That charater’s name was…”Light Skin”.
Wow. Skin color divisions, rampant images of over sexualized women, violence, drug use, drug sales, etc… and that’s just the cartoon version. No wonder Freaknik is no more.