Recently Tyler Perry was crowned as the Highest Paid Man in entertainment by Forbes. Being relished with such a title comes with a standing ovation and of course some flack. Behind Spike Lee, Toure is first in line to publicly bash Tyler Perry on the heels of this latest announcement.
Toure, who is a actor/writer/producer/director/social commentator
and a whole bunch of other slashes, (also the person responsible for writing the “What if Michael Vick was White” article.) along with Dr. Boyce Watkins who was in defense of Tyler debated on CNN rather Tyler Perry’s movies were buffoonery or opportunity.
Toure begins by calling Tyler’s work “malt liquor for the masses.” and stating that Perry was “ignorant of the craft” of filmmaking.
Toure feels that Tyler’s films celebrates the victimhood of black women:
“Tyler Perry is definitely serving an audience that is under-served by Hollywood. Especially black southern women do not see themselves at all in Hollywood fare. So, when he’s serving them movies where they appear to be in situations that are naturalistic and recognizable to them and definitely have that Christian message, I absolutely understand why my grandmother, my mother, and my aunts love this stuff, and my family down south, they love this stuff. I just can’t watch it without cringing because I’ve seen good movies and I know these are poorly made films.”
Defending Perry was Dr. Boyce Watkins who pointed out that, while he wasn’t thrilled about a black man becoming successful for wearing a dress, Tyler does give a message:
“If you look deeper at Perry’s message, these characters really are bait … He’s using comedy to educate the masses,” said Boyce, who gives Tyler credit for creating jobs for Blacks in the TV and film business.you can’t argue that Perry has done something that Hollywood hasn’t done for years; give black entertainers jobs.
Touré countered with:
“Drug dealers create jobs too…. McDonald’s sells a lot of hamburgers but does that make it good food, does that make it good for you?” Toure ends stating that Tyler Perry’s movies are “poorly made” films.
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This hating is getting out of hand… In my experience from writing and blogging, I understand where Tyler Perry is coming from. A great majority of black people do not want to be educated. So the only way to educate them is by means of tricking them. Trick them with catchy titles, trick them with catchy characters. If Tyler Perry is telling black women that it is ok to feel like a victim and wallow in the pain of their life then he is simply giving black women the message that they want to hear. These black women do not want to hear that it’s not ok to play a victim. They don’t want to hear you tell them to be strong, be a fighter and get over it… BUT CLEARLY, in the clip he preaches just the opposite of that.
That is my opinion from my personal experience with this website. Personally, I love Tyler Perrry’s movies because they are entertaining. ‘For Colored Girls’ was a powerful movie about some of the things that black women go through by the hands of black men. It’s tough and some choose to say it’s tough and wallow in it and others choose to accept the fact that it’s tough but still fight for greatness.
There is definitely a underlined message in Tyler Perry’s films. Some will see and understand the message. Others will not. People are going to emotionally react differently to any movie. I choose to take away the message, if anything, that I must do better than the characters portrayed on the screen.
What are your thoughts on this topic?