I must say I agree with you 100%, Andisheh. When I saw the cover of Creative Loafing I knew I HAD to read your article. I have been wondering why do I HATE the movies AND the plays. They do not interest me in the least. Somehow, I am not able to relate at all and I have been trying to figure out whether or not there is something wrong with me. I am thinking, okay...here is a successful Black man trying to portray Blacks in a positive way as far as religion, careers, making relationships work, etc. But, I think the scripts are horrible and the acting is not much better. I think the acting suffers partly because of the plot.
I did, however, give the films a chance before deciding that they definitely were not for me. I tried to sit through one of the earlier movies but I only made it about halfway through.
As a Black woman, I thought that maybe there was something wrong with me because I could not relate to ANY of his films. I could definitely sense that I should be able to but I didn't. My family and some of my friends give me a hard time saying that I should support his work. Sorry, Mr Perry...no can do...
He is definitely targeting single Black women and women who find themselves in unhealthy relationships. However, I detest the way he makes those women look. They always have extreme self-esteem issues. It is so stereotypical for the "fat" girl to be with a man that treats her like gum on the bottom of his shoe. She doesn't love herself until she loses weight and then some man has to come and help her pick up the pieces. Some of those situations (the scene that took place on the airplane) are just too far fetched.
Honestly, I do applaude Tyler Perry for being a successful business man. Apparently, I am of a small percentage of people that cannot sit through any of his work. The singing is always a plus in his plays!! I can definitely relate to the gospel music...that's about it, though...I'm like, "call me when she gets ready to hit that note...that is my song!!!"
I, too, cringe each time I step into my aunts',my mom's or my female friends' house to find yet another Madea or Tyler Perry's "something" playing on the tube.
I agree with EVERY point that you made, Mr. Nouraee!! Well said...Bravo!!
BTW...no dissing Diff'rent Strokes...it was good...back in the day...but when I try to watch the reruns now I'm like, huh? Although I would sit through a MARATHON of "whatchu talkin' bout, Willis" before I watch ONE more "Tyler Perry's Why Am I so Fat I Hate Myself Lord Save Me From My Two-Timing Husband"
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