While out in San Diego at Comic-Con, Tyler, the Creator took the time to promote his animated series, The Jellies, co-created with Odd Future’s Lionel Boyce. During a Q&A, Tyler fielded a question regarding the show’s main character, Cornell Jelly, becoming black after being white during the first season.
In short, the transition all stems from a blatant lack of diversity among cartoon characters, as Tyler stated, “Why you make him black?’ Why can’t niggas have anything, man?… How many fuckin’ black cartoon characters is it on TV right now? Name five. I’ll give you time. It is none… We don’t got shit.”
He then went on to add, “So I said fuck that, we about to make this nigga black, and he ain’t got no guns, he ain’t shoot no fucking basketball, and he a fucking goober, and we gon’ put him on TV. And he’s the lead character, he ain’t the comic relief, he ain’t the sidekick, he the lead nigga.”
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For more from The Creator, see below as he plays the piano and messes around with Flower Boy track “911” alongside Steve Lacy and Anna of the North.