APESHEET INTERVIEW
AARON MCGRUDER
 
BY STEVE JUSTICE
 

APESHEET: Hi Aaron. It's a pleasure to meet you. So how does it feel to be the voice of black America?

MCGRUDER: Well, I don't know that I would call myself the voice of black America. But, it's nice to give black people some representation that doesn't include pimpin' and booty shakin'.

APESHEET: You're fairly critical of most black popular culture. Why do you hate Puffy and B.E.T. so much?

MCGRUDER: B.E.T. may be the worst thing to happen to black people since Jimmy Walker. I'm a big fan of hip-hop culture, but B.E.T. is only exploiting the culture and making the race look idiotic. It's all bitches and hoes and grandiose jewelry and fancy cars.

APESHEET: So maybe you can explain something. Why does B.E.T. play `N Sync and Britney Spears?

MCGRUDER: Because it makes money.

APESHEET: Makes sense. In addition to slamming black culture, you're intensely critical of the current presidential administration and its so-called war on terrorism. Doesn't that seem a little heavy handed for a newspaper comic strip about black kids living in a mostly white suburb?

MCGRUDER: No. Someone has to be critical of a president who was appointed by the Supreme Court and intelligence and security systems that allowed four planes to be hijacked in one day. I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt by assuming they had no idea what was happening. I wouldn't be surprised if there was something much more nefarious going on.

APESHEET: Wow. You're even more cynical than I am. Do you think it has anything to do with our heritage?

MCGRUDER: What do you mean?

APESHEET: You know, the slavery, the racism, the oppression. The white people taking our culture and claiming it as their own. All that stuff.

MCGRUDER: What are you talking about? You are white!

APESHEET: I always thought so too, but I got a letter from Bill Cosby the other day, and he says I'm black. The Cos has got to be right. He doesn't make mistakes, except for Leonard 6 and maybe Ghost Dad. The man is a cultural icon.

MCGRUDER: See, this is why I hate white people.



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