With a two-season, 24-episode order of The Boondocks in the works from HBO Max, Adult Swim has seemingly pulled several episodes of the popular series “due to cultural sensitivities.”Aqua Teen Hunger Force was also a casualty as well with some of its episodes being pulled also.
Adult Swim confirmed the episodes have been removed after Reddit users noticed some episodes were missing from HBO Max’s lineup. According to The Daily Beast, ATHF episode “Shake Like Me” from season six and “The Story of Jimmy Rebel” from The Boondocks‘ third season was removed. The reason for ATHF episode being removed is the title references John Howard Griffin’s 1661 book Black Like Mee in which Shake learns about stereotypes after being bitten by a black man. The Boondocks episode refers to, of course, Uncle Rukus’ relationship with a racist country singer and his bigoted music.
In a statement made to the Daily Beast, an Adult Swim representative stated:
“When Adult Swim transitions series to a new platform, we determine what episodes are selected through creative and cultural filters and our standards and practices policies. Oftentimes these decisions are made in collaboration with the show’s creators.” As such these episodes are “permanently retired due to cultural sensitivities.”