Monday, March 1, 2021

With Opening of Sparkling New Studio, the Madea Hate is No Longer Up for Debate

*It wasn’t that long ago that the creative properties of Tyler Perry were lambasted as little more than cultural excreta with no redeemable qualities. Nobody was thinking about how sometimes we have to appeal to the simplest desires among the consumer base in order to reach a level where you can call your own shots.

That’s exactly what happened with Perry and his Madea franchise.  From small church stages to convention centers.  From hustling videos out the trunk and beauty salons to opening the largest film lot in the country.

When you think about it, that’s the manifestation of the American dream. But not everyone feels that way.  Recently Danielle Young of Essence magazine spoke with Perry regarding the well from which he pulls to write a black woman character.

EVENING UNDER THE STARS’ GALA AND AWARDS HONORS JUDGE GREG MATHIS & WIFE LINDA MATHIS

Tyler Perry as Madea
Tyler Perry as Madea

“What I realized is that I was speaking to my mother subconsciously through my writing, saying to her, ‘You don’t have to stay in this abusive relationship. Why are you with this man? You can do better than this!’ And that’s the theme that runs through all these movies when I’m usually writing about a character,” the acclaimed director explained.

Not only has Tyler Perry built an empire on his own, he has kicked started the careers of some of our favorite black actors. Including Michael Ealy, who had this to say regarding the criticism of Perry.

“What Tyler is doing is opening doors for other people to pursue their dreams, their passions to be creative and if Madea helped him get here, I don’t see the harm,” he added.

But then there’s the peanut gallery…

Check out the video above to see a few of Perry’s most prized actors that he’s worked with—including Ealy, David and Tamela Mann, along with Heather Hemmens—who pushed back against the director’s harsh critics.

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Ricardo A. Hazell began his career in journalism in 1996 as a Research Intern for the prestigious Editor & Publisher Co. His byline has appeared in The Root, Washington Post, Black Enterprise and he helped define culture within the African Diaspora as Senior Cultural Contributor at The Shadow League. Currently working on the semi-autobiographical novel "Remorse".

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