Madea, Please

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I am always so conflicted when it comes to Tyler Perry. On one end, when I hear him talk about living in his car while pursuing his dreams, I’m encouraged. And you know, he seems like a relatively nice guy so long as you don’t stand in his way (hello, benefit seeking writers and female directors wanting to tell their own stories).

That said, my happy thoughts fizzle as soon as I recall how he made me envy the deaf and dumb while watching For Colored Girls.

I love the way my friend sized up Tyler on Twitter:

“I’d rather stick a shotgun in my mouth than sit through Madea movie. Seriously. I respect him for grinding and giving black actors work but must EVERY movie of his be filled to the brim with stereotypes? It’s insulting.”

We can all go back and forth about Tyler the businessman and Tyler the artist. I don’t really want to rehash that debate – completely anyway – but after watching this video I just had to say that this Negro has a lot of nerve.

Of all people to talk about brain melting entertainment mediums Tyler Perry wants to chime in and shade The Real Housewives franchise.

Granted, watching wealthy women and fake rich women cat fight over nothing constantly isn’t exactly making my brain cells climax. However, in comparison to over-the-top fried pork-flavored soap operas that routinely offer the talking point – Get with God, and get you a man – I don’t really see how the dirty pot can clown the spotty kettle.

And that’s not to say I think all of Tyler Perry’s creative works suck. I don’t believe that at all. I’ve laughed at Madea plenty of times and I did enjoy Why Did I Get Married? and The Family That Preys. Those two are the good kind of Negro telenovelas.

Still, he’s not exactly giving the world thought provoking material to get the masses talking. Well, unless you’re including hate speech.

Maybe I’m just too big a stan for Auntie Phaedra and Cousin Camille and I’m taking his quip too seriously. Or maybe Andy Cohen turned down Tyler’s idea of adding Madea to the cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Whatever the case is l still would like to introduce Tyler Perry to irony. I can see the two becoming BFFs faster than you can say, “See a bus driver, see your future husband.”

Y’all let me know how Madea’s Wild and Crazy Kinfolk is. I’m passing on seeing Tyler’s latest this time around.

In the meantime, I’ll be anticipating season two of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and season four of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Thank God that after hours of conflict no one randomly yells, “FIX IT! FIX IT! FIX IT!” and everything is resolved after someone smells what The Rock is cooking.

Oh and if you’re wondering, yes, I’m aware of Tyler’s travel advice to Spike Lee. In all honesty, I think both Mookie and Madea made valid points about the other person. You would think by now they could at least bond over each of their rather banal depiction of women.

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