Tyler, the Creator Calls Out Lack of Black Cartoon Characters on TV During Comic-Con Q&A: ‘We Don’t Have Shit’

Tyler, the Creator attended Comic-Con International in San Diego over the weekend to promote his Adult Swim cartoon, The Jellies! And everything was going quite well—until a white audience member asked the rapper why the main character of the cartoon was black.

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“How many fucking black cartoon characters is it on TV right now?” Tyler responded. “Name five. I’ll give you time.”

Tyler continued: “It is none; it is none.”

“They canceled Static Shock. Nobody remembers Fillmore. Like, we don’t got shit,” he said. “The only other black character is this fucking weird-ass ... oh no, they killed Chef off fucking South Park. So we don’t have shit.”

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Tyler co-created The Jellies! with Lionel Boyce (aka L-Boy), and both he and Boyce will voice-act, and my dear friend Angela Nissel is one of the writers on the show not so shameless plug.

Bye, Kinja! It's been fun (occasionally).

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It is the literal definition of white privilege for people to not understand how important it is for people to see themselves in popular media. It is damned hard teaching my kids self love and self worth when too many of the depictions of people who look like them are negative, while the opposite is true for white folks. I can watch Cosmos with my kids with the very brilliant AFFRICAN AMERICAN physicist narrating. I can read them books by African American authors and pack our Plex server with Static Shock, and a host of wholesome - mostly old - TV shows with mostly African American casts; but like all kids they want to look at the modern, more “mainstream” shows too. I don’t want to tell my kids not to watch those shows. How can I explain that idolizing these white characters serves to diminish their own self worth, when it seems so benign? Everybody, especially kids, need to see themselves reflected back when they look at the TV, or tablet, or movie screen. “White” as the default person, particularily the default *good, strong, smart, heroic, competent* person, is some BULLSHIT. It’s not hard to understand...