Tyler Perry Movies: A Love/Hate Affair

- By Bossip Staff

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Check out this interesting article concerning the perceived stereotypical images Tyler Perry’s characters exude in his movies, and the conundrum some members of the black community faces as a result:

If you happened to buy a ticket to Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail without knowing what you were getting into, you might think you’d stumbled onto a cheery comedy about an overgrown granny with anger-management issues. A black Mrs. Doubtfire, say, with car chases and reefer jokes. You’d never suspect that you had strayed into the midst of a culture war — one that’s been simmering inside the African-American community since before blackface. ”I loved working with Tyler Perry, but he’s a controversial, complicated figure,” says Viola Davis, who costarred in Madea Goes to Jail and recently snagged an Oscar nomination for Doubt. ”People feel the images [in his movies] are very stereotypical, and black people are frustrated because they feel we should be more evolved. But there are very few black images in Hollywood, so black people are going to his movies. That’s the dichotomy. Tyler Perry is making money.”

Does Tyler Perry have a moral responsibility to use his influence to create more positive images of blacks in his movies, or do you feel he only owes the black community a quality product designed to entertain, which is really all we pay for?


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  • sexema73

    first lol

  • simply delicioso

    leave tyler alone

    its only entertainment

  • laylah

    black people are never satisfied. EVER!

  • U2know

    Ok we always have haters around to stir the pot. Well Mr. Perry I think your doing a great job. It’s comedy.I will continue to go and see your work.

  • Chanel Shades

    Tyler gets an all day pass for stereotyping. Madea Goes to Jail was the bomb.

  • Kigali (Birth control until marriage)

    Tyler Perry doesnt owe black people shit. There are a bunch of black actors who, if it wasnt for his productions wouldnt have a job. If these negroes dont like Tyler Perry, they are free to come up with their own shit.

  • About it

    Okay, 6am, the real 6am, where you be LOL??

  • DayShifter

    Maybe it’s just me, “Madea goes to Jail” was not that good…. I mean it was ok, but that’s it. It’s not realistic, it seemed like EVERYBODY was Black, We’re only 12% of the population, what city do you know where ALL the D.A’s are Black??? Would be nice, but that’s a fantasy… And then the way it ended was horrible, like he ran out of ideas or material.
    Sorry, in my opinion…. “Color Purple” set the bar for me, if you’re not trying to reach that level, your sh*it just more Black buffoonery that’s pushed on us everyday.

  • Jet

    @ Choc

    I agree with you!

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  • http://www.myspace.com/gazfynest PlusDivaon Deck

    I wonder who are the people that feel that way

  • Mia

    I’m just glad black actors are getting paid!

  • Samo

    All that man foundation and cake face powder makes him look glossy.

  • This I Know


    I liked that one. Mainly because it showed that black men despite prior circumstances can recover and turn thier life around and be a good loving father for their kids.
    True, but I hated the portrayal that ALL college educated black women are stuck up snobs, which I can attest is not true.

  • shay

    Man leave him alone, he is only trying to entertain, make us laugh, and get his paper. We only are what we make or ourselves and if we allow ourselves to be sterotypical towards us and let others view us that way then that will be the world’s perception of us.

  • jb_1030 (Dreams she is Amber Rose so she can wear those shoes)

    True, but I hated the portrayal that ALL college educated black women are stuck up snobs, which I can attest is not true.

    Yeah, they did have them three acting real bougie.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/bestsexever Christy

    People pay to see stereotypes.. Its the whole level of intelligence of society and this racism and sexism that keeps us spending that paper!!

  • WordtotheWise

    Personally, I don’t see what the hopla is about. I thought “Madea Goes to Jail” was hilarious and there was nothing at all stereotypical about it. Black and white men have been dressing up like women for ages. Did we complain when Flip Wilson was Geraldine?

    Keep doing your thing, Tyler.

  • Hilarious

    Isn’t this some mess. The same folks coming out in defense of Tyler Perry were the same ones calling Clint Eastwood racist for being historically accurate. And supporting Obama as he eff up quicker than Bush ever did. But who cares if the black person is wrong, we must support our own right. Newsflash: I don’t know Tyler nor do I know Obama. The only people who deserve my loyalty our those who are a part of my life or who have earned my respect not just occupy my same racial category.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/brownsugar976 brownsugar

    So being a black lawyer is sterotypical and should be banned WOW.

  • tj

    “some members of the black community faces as a result.” Straight up dumb. LMAO.

  • My2Cents

    Honestly, I think the issue here is the educational level of MOST (not all) of his viewers. Many won’t see the problem with the images because they haven’t taken time to educate themselves on this topic. Ignorance is the main factor. So, I can’t blame Tyler Perry for taking advantage of stupid people.

    The thing about all this is the fact that I’m certain black people (rich, poor, whatever) would be singing a different tune if it were a WHITE producer/director portraying black people in this manner.

  • FoFo the Great

    And your point?

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