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Recap / The Boondocks - S1 E2: "The Trial of R. Kelly"

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"The Trial of R. Kelly" is the 2nd episode of the 1st season of The Boondocks. It originally aired on November 13, 2005.

Parodying Robert Kelly's sex scandal, the R&B singer is being tried on charges of urinating on a 14-year-old girl. Assistant District Attorney Tom Dubois is the prosecutor on the case. But Huey watches with dismay as an army of ignorant R. Kelly fans (including Riley) defend the singer to the end, despite how obviously guilty the man is. Meanwhile, Robert and Ruckus argue about white people during a checkers game.

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  • Amoral Attorney: R. Kelly's defense attorney.
  • An Aesop: The bad actions of some people — famous or not — just can't be excused or ignored.
  • Chewbacca Defense / Insane Troll Logic: Kelly's attorney uses a defense strategy that's hardly relevant to the actual subject matter of the trial, such as claiming that illegal sexual contact with a minor is somehow still acceptable for modern society, or chastising the prosecutor for not being married to a woman of the same race as him.note 
  • Common Nonsense Jury:
    • A jury full of R. Kelly fans are easily convinced that the trial was all about racism against the defendant. Never mind that there's a lot of damning evidence against R. Kelly.
    • Uncle Ruckus claims to have served on a mostly white jury, where he convicted a blind black man of shooting three white women. (Though if this story was true, then how did the black Ruckus get around segregation? Even if he does hate other black people, he still probably would've been barred from jury duty due to race.)
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  • Courtroom Episode: This is a satirical version of the real trial of R. Kelly.
  • Downer Ending: Huey's big speech changes nothing. R. Kelly is acquitted despite overwhelming evidence for his guilt, and his fans celebrate. Huey says in the ending narration: "I did battle with ignorance today... and ignorance won."
  • Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: Two different protest groups, one side pro-Kelly and the other side anti-Kelly, clash with each other in a riot.
  • Fan Dumb: In-universe; R. Kelly's supporters. They like his music so much, they think that's reason enough for siding with him against the law.
  • Fat Bitch: An obese woman who supports R. Kelly is very belligerent about it. She also voices her objection to Mr. Dubois' interracial marriage.
  • Karma Houdini: R. Kelly is acquitted of the charges, despite how painfully obvious it was that he's really guilty.
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  • Orgy of Evidence: To elaborate, a videotape clearly showed Kelly urinating on a minor, while showing his face, and clearly stating his name, occupation, and Social Security number.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Famous!: Despite the huge amount of evidence against R. Kelly, he was still acquitted. It didn't help that the jury consisted of some of his fans.
  • Special Guest: Adam West as the unnamed defense attorney who represents R. Kelly.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: A female R. Kelly supporter derided the anti-Kelly protesters, who are prominent black intellectuals, as "uppity niggas" for having the temerity to not support a singer accused of urinating on a 14-year-old girl, and because they were stressing the importance of reading.
  • Toilet Humor: R. Kelly urinating on an underage girl is played for both cheap laughs and satire.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Huey gives one to the entire courtroom.
    What the hell is wrong with you people? Every famous nigga that gets arrested is not Nelson Mandela! Yes, the government conspires to put a lot of innocent black men in jail on fallacious charges. But R. Kelly is not one of those men! We all know the nigga can sing! But, what happened to standards? What happen to the bare minimums? You a fan of R. Kelly? You want to help R. Kelly? Then get some counseling for R. Kelly, introduce him to some older women, hide his camcorder! But, don't pretend like the man is a hero!

    And stop the damn dancing, act like you got some goddamn sense people! Damn! Through playin' around here!
  • Where Da White Women At?: Kelly's (white) lawyer points out that Tom Dubois has a white wife named Sarah (with whom they have a mixed daughter named Jazmine), which he claims must make him a hater of black women. This earns the Dubois family the scorn of the all-black jury.
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