It sounds like Tyler Perry is already on the defensive about his new movie “Madea’s Big Happy Family.” At a press conference yesterday Tyler Perry expressed his frustration about the criticism he’s received from fellow black director Spike Lee, saying:
“I’m so sick of hearing about damn Spike Lee,” Perry said Tuesday in Beverly Hills, Calif. “Spike can go straight to hell! You can print that. I am sick of him talking about me, I am sick of him saying, ‘this is a coon, this is a buffoon.’ I am sick of him talking about black people going to see movies. This is what he said: ‘you vote by what you see,’ as if black people don’t know what they want to see.”
“I am sick of him – he talked about Whoopi, he talked about Oprah, he talked about me, he talked about Clint Eastwood. Spike needs to shut the hell up!”
Well damn… WTF did you do Spike Lee?
Apparently Perry’s comments were in response to a question posed about a cryptic message to fans he posted on his website Monday under the heading THEY ARE TRYING TO KILL MADEA! (view screenshots in gallery)
Perry said :
“I was writing about just people and how hard people work to discourage people from seeing my work,” he said. “I don’t even understand it [but] this is where the whole Spike Lee [comment] comes from – the negativity, this is Stepin Fetchit, this is coonery, this is buffoonery, and they try to get people to get on this bandwagon with them, to get this mob mentality to come against what I’m doing.”
Perry also seems to think that it’s only the black community where people are criticized by their own:
“I’ve never seen Jewish people attack Seinfeld and say “this is a stereotype,” I’ve never seen Italian people attack The Sopranos, I’ve never seen Jewish people complaining about Mrs. Doubtfire or Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie. I never saw it. It’s always black people, and this is something that I cannot undo. Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois went through the exact same thing; Langston Hughes said that Zora Neale Hurston, the woman who wrote Their Eyes Were Watching God, was a new version of the ‘darkie’ because she spoke in a southern dialect and a Southern tone. And I’m sick of it from us; we don’t have to worry about anybody else trying to destroy us and take shots because we do it to ourselves.”
“So me being frustrated with it, and then they go on to say that people of other ethnic groups or white people don’t go see my movies, and that’s all a lie. I’m standing on stage looking at thousands of people, thousands of faces, with every race represented, and I’m tired of it. I’m tired of just laying down, tired of just being nice and letting them say whatever they want to say however they want to say it without people knowing what the intent really is.”
It sounds like Perry is still on the defense about comments Lee made back in 2009:
“Each artist should be allowed to pursue their artistic endeavors, but I still think there is a lot of stuff out today that is coonery and buffoonery,” he said in ’09. “I know it’s making a lot of money and breaking records, but we can do better. … I am a huge basketball fan, and when I watch the games on TNT, I see these two ads for these two shows (Tyler Perry’s ‘Meet the Browns’ and ‘House of Payne’), and I am scratching my head. We got a black president, and we going back to Mantan Moreland and Sleep ‘n’ Eat?”
Spike did kinda dig in that a$$ but we thought that isht was deaded.
Is Tyler Perry trying to drum up the drama to help promote his film or does he have a point? Personally we’re of the opinion Spike Lee could probably give less than a fawk about a Tyler Perry movie right now, being that he has more pressing isht on his mind.