• Return Of The King – S01/E09


    • Lynxi Welcome
          • Episode synopsis
            • HBOMax Synopsis: When Martin Luther King comes out of a coma after 32 years and finds himself thrust into the 21st century and life in the post-September 11 era, his “turn the other cheek” philosophy quickly takes him from beloved national hero to despised terrorist sympathizer.

    Pre Show:


    • Morgan Freeman King
    • Lots of different emotions
    • Many issues to unpack
    • Other Civil Rights leaders who weren’t talked about
    • The end of this episode is so much like now
    • Black parents having “the talk” with their children
    • “Going off” on the cops
    • Cop culture is racist
    • Having positive interactions with cops
    • Privilege
    • Getting a real education
    • BET, as a presentation of the Black community
    • MLK Way
    • Going to Canada
    • Black unity
    • Trump has always been racist
    • Not trusting medicine
    • Telling people the real truth
    • Trump supporters in the hospital with Covid STILL not believing in Covid
    • Socialism, Marxism, Capitalism
    • 2nd Civil Rights movement
    • Seeing natural Black hair in media
    • Bad Hair on Hulu
    • Lovecraft Country on HBO
    • James Baldwin – “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a state of rage almost, almost all of the time — and in one’s work.”
    • Acclimating to change
    • Everyone have a spot in the revolution to enact change
    • A Dream Deferred is a reference to Langston Hughes
    • White People Question:
      • Regularly heard: “Why are Black folks looting and burning things when Martin Luther King practiced non-violence?”
    • Have a “Stupid White People Question” you want to leave us?

    Post Show Info:


    • The voice of young Granddad was done by Aaron McGruder.
    • The poem that Dr. King recites is actually an excerpt from a song titled “Niggas” by Asheru. Asheru performs the series’ theme song.
    • Reverend Al Sharpton publicly criticized Aaron McGruder and Adult Swim for this episode. Sharpton felt that depicting Martin Luther King using the word “nigga” would “desecrate black historic figures”. He demanded a public apology and threatened to stage a protest against Time Warner, Adult Swim’s parent company. McGruder spoofed Sharpton’s criticism in subsequent episodes and in the comic strip the show is based on.
    • This episode aired on Martin Luther King’s birthday (January 15th). Dr. King would have been 77 years old.
    • Aaron McGruder won a Peabody Award (an award for excellent storytelling) for this episode!

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