Billionaire Tyler Perry Continues to Promote Struggle Love to Black Women
So far, I have mostly avoided making public statements about my thoughts on the machine that is Tyler Perry. Indeed, one reason is that I see how so many Black people love his work. And, here and there, I have enjoyed his work as well.
The Family That Preys, Why Did I Get Married?, and Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor are straight classics in my eyes. Also, due to my religious upbringing and fascination with cults, I also love his show Ruthless.
But if you're perceptive enough, you've already noticed that none of my faves are projects that include Madea. This is not by accident; as someone who vividly remembers having a family member whom we also called Madea (who has long since passed away,) I was immediately offended by his portrayal of the Black matriarch.
I'm not one to judge, but the gun-toting, chronic-smoking, belligerent woman he's portraying has never been one I could relate to. I came from women of class and ones who created means where there were none, man or no man.
Also, I'd be remiss if I didn't point out how often Black men cosplay as ignorant, undesirable Black women in the name of gaining notoriety and getting the bag. But that's another topic for another day.
Before we move on, I do want to say that the main reason I have not dragged Tyler Perry or pure-dee filth is that he's a successful Black man who employs lots of Black people. Period.
So, while I often get accused of being a divestor or man-hater, this couldn't be further from the truth. I am just a Black woman who seeks to uplift other Black women, so anyone I feel is interfering with my message will be dealt with.
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