This is where we may divide. Tyler Perry has been quite a buzz as his films are said to not be doing that great lately. So I ask the question , why? I checked in to my Facebook this morning for my daily entertainment dish and, saw that Tyler Perry’s latest film, Single Moms Club plummeted at the box office for its opening weekend. So I began to read the comments under the article. All I saw were comments about black male bashing, african American negative portrayal, and people not supporting him. So I ask again, why?
One of the reasons most people say that they can’t get with Tyler Perry films is because of his man in a dress persona, Madea. They say that they can’t stomach another Madea flick and that he needs to change it up.
Another reason is his said to be reoccurring appearance of African American stereotypes in his films. Some of his “fans” claim that his depiction of African American women and men are always negative. I disagree. I believe that what Tyler Perry is doing with his films is pretty neat. He doesn’t only bring negative stereotypes to life but, he does a good job of coming up with content that many can relate to. Even though his characters that tell his film storylines are usually black it doesn’t limit the people who can get a message from his films. There are other black filmmakers in Hollywood who do the same thing and get no heat. Tyler Perry’s films most of the time have a positive outcome after a “stereotypical” plot. Some may say his films are predictable but, when you find a niche that is making you tons of money you are going to stick with it. People judge his films usually because they refuse to go in depth and find the real message which is what I think is the true reason why he creates films with controversial themes. Get the message before you judge the creator. This ties more in to African Americans wanting to play the victim, I love my race but we can not assume everyone is trying to break us down. Some films are made just to make people aware of everyday situations that not only African Americans go through. So I end my article with this question, Do you think Tyler Perry’s films are one sided? Do you think WE as African Americans set examples for these type of films to be made?