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The Boondocks
Season 1, Episode 2
Rkellytrial
Air date November 13, 2005
Written by Rodney Barnes

Aaron McGruder

Directed by Anthony Bell
Production # 101
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"The Trial of R. Kelly" (officially titled "The Trial of Robert Kelly"), is the second episode of the Adult Swim show The Boondocks Series. It originally aired on November 13, 2005.


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Episode

The episode opens with Huey, grandad and Riley watching TV. Granddad switches the channel to The O'Reilly Factor where Bill O'Reilly talks about R. Kelly's latest legal trouble revolving around a tape that he made of himself urinating on a 14 year old girl. Riley asks Granddad if they can go to the city and see the trial. Granddad declines, commenting that Riley's new Nikes cost enough that they can carry him the 40 miles to the courthouse just fine.

On the way to the courthouse, Riley and Huey encounter Tom Dubois (his first appearance in the show). Tom says that he hopes the boys aren't angry that he has to prosecute R. Kelly (Tom is the assistant district attorney). Riley, sporting a "Free R. Kelly" sign, gets into a spirited argument with Tom, bringing up possible reasons why finding R. Kelly guilty would cause more problems. He also brings up the alleged victim's personal responsibility, claiming that her free will (i.e. her decision to let R. Kelly pee on her) shouldn't mean the world missing out on R. Kelly's next album. Riley concludes by threatening to urinate on Tom's cat. Tom is left speechless, to which Huey comments, "You just got beat by an 8 year old..."

R Kelly's Lawyer
At the courthouse, there are two groups of protesters. The first has three people in suits resembling Cornel West, Tony Brown, and Dick Gregory with well-phrased signs protesting the exploitation of a minor. The second crowd has people grilling on barbecues, listening to R&B and holding crude signs with frequent misspellings demanding that R. Kelly be set free (e.g. "We Luv Yu R Kelly" and "Not Gilltee"). A news reporter asks one of the Kelly supporters (voiced by Crystal Scales) why she believes he is innocent. The large woman licks barbecue sauce off her fingers and says, "'Cause he good!" The reporter turns to Riley and asks him why he supports R. Kelly. As Riley speaks, Huey yanks his brother off camera, instigating a riot between the R. Kelly protesters and supporters, which is finally ended when R. Kelly shows up in his Hummer limo.

Meanwhile, Granddad is spending the day in the park with Uncle Ruckus playing checkers. They discuss the trial and its possible ramifications on black culture and society as a whole. Ruckus takes this opportunity to expand on his theory of white supremacy. He mentions the Kobe Bryant trial, and how white women are irresistible. He talks about this so intensely that he begins sweating.

In the courtroom, Tom Dubois presents his case — a well documented case backed up by a video tape of the act, testimony by the victim, and DNA evidence for good measure. R. Kelly's lawyer (played by Adam West) presents a different view: All of that evidence is really "racism".

This argument, though preposterous, seems to appeal to the crowd and the jury. R. Kelly's lawyer continues to play the race card every chance he gets. He points out that though R. Kelly may have urinated on a minor, the victim was black, which indicates that R. Kelly is sexually attracted to black women. Tom objects to this argument. Kelly's lawyer replies "Your honor, I'm trying to establish to the court that my client is a proud black man who loves his black sistas. Unlike District Attorney Dubois... who's married... to a WHITE WOMAN!"

Tom tries again and again to appeal to the common sense of the jury, but fails. Recognizing the hopelessness of the situation (he's lost favor with the crowd, the jury, and the judge), he begrudgingly rests his case, defeated. R. Kelly's lawyer stands up and says that there is nothing left to say, so he starts playing some R&B music. R. Kelly leaps on a table and starts singing and the whole crowd dances...all except for Huey and the Dubois family.

Huey switches off the boom box and angrily addresses the crowd. Despite Huey's impassioned plea for sanity, Riley quickly breaks the moods by booing and decrying Huey's arguments. The music is turned back on and R. Kelly is set free. Seeing Tom in full defeat, his wife Sara lovingly teases him about losing the case from messing around with white women. Huey does the one thing he realizes he can do in this situation on the ride home...He blames white people.

Deleted Scene

A controversial scene involving Rosa Parks was removed from the aired episode but is included in the DVD Extras of the Box Set. In the scene in question, the large woman eating fried chicken insults Rosa Parks. She then turns and throws a drumstick at the Civil Rights legend. The drumstick lands in her mouth so hard, she fells backwards and appears to choke on it. The scene was originally cut from the episode because Aaron McGruder was already at odds with the NAACP and thus did not want to run the risk of the TV Series being pulled off the air by Turner Broadcasting (In fear of a lawsuit from said organization) but also because coincidentally, Rosa Parks died 3 months after the episode aired. Aaron McGruder has stated (regarding the deleted scene) it was purely satirical and he has nothing but the utmost respect for Rosa Parks.


Trivia

  • R. Kelly's face is concealed by a mask to prevent any possible lawsuit(s) from the person in question (despite the fact MAD TV has done its share of sketches regarding R. Kelly's legal problems).
  • According to McGruder, the alleged victim's face (who is actually deliberately shown in the episode to be much younger than the real alleged victim) is partially pixelated both for satirical reasons and because at the time the episode was being put together, they did not know what the real alleged victim looked like.
  • R. Kelly's lawyer resembles the real-life well-known "Attorney to the Stars"
  • Rosa Parks actually does make a third appearance in this episode, but the scene involving her and the large woman eating fried chicken was cut from the episode because of the implications (See: Deleted Scene)

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