Lester Krinklesac is a fictional character on the animated program The Cleveland Show. One of Cleveland and Donna’s neighbors in Stoolbend, Lester is best described as a “redneck” (seemingly Neo-Confederate).
He is apparently on friendly terms with his neighbor Donna, being at first concerned that Cleveland is stalking Donna but promptly apologizes to her when he realizes Cleveland was an invited guest. He becomes Cleveland’s drinking buddy at The Broken Stool, where he also converses with Tim and Holt.
In early promos, Lester was presumed to be racist by saying that he is “not comfortable around black people.” That aspect was toned down in order to make him friendlier to the Brown family and be included in Cleveland’s adventures. Lester is voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson, a black voice actor, which may be a play on the fact that Cleveland Brown is voiced by Mike Henry, a white voice actor.
Lester is depicted as a typical redneck who is racist he lives in a dirty house which is infested with animals he is the owner of different types of guns and is not afraid to use them when he first meets Cleveland he is racist to him. Lester is also poor, as he was seen in a soup kitchen in “A Brown Thanksgiving” with his family for Thanksgiving. Lester is self employed as he works at Krinklesac Discount Limousine and Animal Carcass Removal.
Lester becomes Cleveland’s drinking buddy at The Broken Stool, where he also converses with Tim and Holt. He has stated that he will no longer insult black people, but he still has occasional relapses. He does not seem to be much of a good father, but he does appear to care for his son. Though despite his usually racist jokes against black people, he is completely unaware of what the KKK stands for, believing its his wife’s initials (Kendra Krystal Krinklesac) and does not understand the meaning behind the Confederate flag and hangs it on the front of his house because it is signed by Rosco P. Coltrane of The Dukes of Hazzard.
Lester often visits Arnold’s Whoreshack, and even has a jar set aside to save up money for it. He will sometimes bring his son, Ernie, with him, but makes him stay in the car. He has gone often enough to know the whores by name, and believes that One-Arm Mavis is reliable. Despite this, he does love his wife, as seen where he used a voice changer to pretended to be an actor his wife was a huge fan of, and thanked her for all the fans letters she has sent. Even after doing so and with his friends looking at him in a confused manner, he states that he loves his wife, and does not mind if that makes him look fruity doing so.
- Lester is possibly a parody of rock critic Lester Bangs.
- There has been some controversy because of some of the words Lester says are racist.
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