Tyler Perry has gotten a LOT of flack over his representation of black people (women especially) in his movies. He started with the loud mouth, gun carrying character by the name of Madea in plays. Once wind of a new play would hit tickets would literally be sold out in a snap. Everywhere you went Madea was the topic of all black peoples’ conversations. I think bootleg was invented when the Madea plays came out (ok, that’s a little drastic lol). Madea became a household name because every black family had a Madea in it. Tyler Perry went from the stage to film with a plethora of Madea movies which then led to tv shows and his own production company. All of a sudden blacks were not feeling Tyler and his movies anymore. People felt as though he was capitalizing on black culture with outlandish stereotypes, dehumanizing black women and kept the same story lines. Suddenly he is losing support from quite a few fans who have been there laughing from the jump. Spike Lee has become the loudest critic of them all. He has been heard saying Tyler Perry’s movies are nothing but black faced buffoonery to anyone who would listen. For awhile Mr. Perry would take the high road and not comment to Spike Lee’s strong comments. Last year though I guess Mr. Perry had enough. During an interview on a red carpet event Tyler Perry gave the person interviewing his honest opinion about the situation. They have been going tit for tat ever since.
Although Tyler Perry’s movies are similar and not Oscar worthy I applaud the brotha for his accomplishments, his work ethic, what he has become (being homeless then an author, actor) and his ability to make people laugh. Actor Ben Vereen feels this little competition or beef is unnecessary. He says Spike Lee and Tyler Perry need to get it together and chop it up in person. A respectful talk can lead to understanding the other person’s views. He even admits that they should work on a project together. Now that would be unbelievable! It’s easy to address the press with their dislikes instead of a physical conversation. Use their popularity to create something big for the black community! Tyler already has the commercial audience while Spike Lee has another level of depthness in his creations.
Thing is Tyler is comfortable. I mean Madea and all of the ghettoisms is what got him on the map. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix seems to be his motto. Maybe someone such as Spike Lee can make him challenge himself to other types of movies. Arguing only makes the parties mad which will not be productive at all. And it saddens and irritates me when I see blog posts or articles denouncing ever watching another Tyler film. I see this a lot from writers. If you’re not feeling what he represents either contact him and offer him something or create something on your own.
To sum it up Mr. Vereen says, “Reality tv is the new black face and making us look like buffoons.” He also added, “We don’t
‘ stand behind our artists who are there for us to express our truths.” Do you think he has a point?
Peace and luv!