Tuesday, May 3, 2011

If You Don't Like Tyler Perry, You Have No Soul!


All this talk about Tyler Perry's movies being buffoonish and ignorant is starting to piss me off. Yes I said it!! 

This blog may cost BronzeSparkles a few fans but we're willing to risk that to speak on how we feel.  The dialog is going nuts with harsh criticism about our boy and we don't like it!  TP haters may be missing a chip inside them that blocks them from appreciating

People need to stop hating on greatness.  He is one of the few African American major players in the entertainment industry.  People forget that he produces many positive images and uplifting lessons in his storylines and gives work to underrated working actors. 

I believe much of the criticism comes from shame. Yes, I said it.  People are afraid of what society will think of African Americans.  But afraid of what?  Everybody is not the Cosbys and TP films tackle real issues and emphasize the importance of a family structure as well as religion and spirituality. 

There is so much more to TP Productions than Madea.  Madea is not Norbit or Big Mama.  Should all the positive aspects of TP's work be overshadowed by Madea?  If she was thinner would that make some of you happy? If she was played by a real woman would that make some of you happy?  If there was no rambunctious matriarch present at all would that make some of you happy?  Why do some of you expect Tyler Perry to be an accurate representation of all black people? Why put that weight on someone's shoulders when it is impossible?  His films deal with real issues. I know some of you are afraid of the world seeing thugs, crackheads, and overweight black people *gasp* but there are always lessons learned in the end and the family comes together!  Since when is that bad?  People deal with hardships everyday but through the Grace of God they get through it.  Perseverance and togetherness are strong themes in Perry's movies, how can you be mad at that?

And if you don't like Tyler Perry then get your own shit together so you can produce your own plays and movies and spread the message that you want to spread.  You can't fault the man for bringing jobs and employment into the community and paving the way for many more to come after him.

now let that marinate on yo ass!


Ya feel me?

2 comments:

  1. I understand what you're saying, and to an extent how could anyone not agree? Thing is tho, not everyone dislikes Tyler Perry out of shame. In fact that may only account for a small group of anti-Tyler Perry production individuals. As for myself, I'm not the biggest Tyler Perry fan because I feel, through viewing much of his work, he is either exploiting a niche, or simply over-working it, and thus putting black actors and directors in that same box we've been struggling to get out of. Where is the diversity in his writing? I can't hate on him for feeling attached to one way of doing things, but his formula is played. I love Madea, but at the end of the day her presence perpetuates the notion that no one can do a woman-suit (man in drag) like a black man. I don't really have a problem with that, but you don't see many actors from other races and cultures doing it so to see us do it so often and so well is a little concerning. Most of Tyler's movies reduce black men to either be typical "good guy" black man, or typical "bad guy" black man. Woman are either soulful big Mama types, ratchet girls or successful black business women. What's wrong with this, you may ask? Well, of course I'm all for successful black women on the big screen, and of course Tyler has to stay real to what characters truly exist within the black community, but after a while of doing this he ends up inadvertently keeping us in a box. Maybe it's just me but when I see a successful black person on another show, like House of Cards or even Scandal, there is no burning question in my mind asking, "is this realistic?" I can't pin it, but something about Tyler Perry movies is just a little too limiting on the character range through the use of how he feels black people want to identify with their race and culture. The layered character spectrum you can find in shows with more successful character structures just isn't there, and yes, in a sense I feel that's very limiting. He is entitled to doing things how he wants to do them, but by adhering so much to this niche and formula, he may be - inadvertently- shutting black people off to wider arrays of character plots. I wish he would let stronger writing teams help navigate the course of his movies, plays and shows.

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