Most people who know me know I’m not a huge fan of Tyler Perry. I think his heart is in the right place with his movies and plays and I appreciate the Christian elements of works. But in my opinion many of his movies and plays — especially those featuring Madea — all have the same basic plot. Black woman is done wrong by some trifling black man, God fearing black man swoops in to try to save the day, initially angry black woman resists, then finally she’s won over and all is well. The end.
Furthermore, when Perry was featured on this year’s CNN’s Black in America 2, one interviewee also complained that the Madea image was degrading to the black race.
Hubster and I have been kicking around an idea for a post on Tyler Perry but until we get around to it, check out this essay posted yesterday on Feministing.com.
I can’t say if I agree or disagree with this post because I haven’t seen a few of the movies mentioned. So I want to hear from readers who have.
Do you think Perry’s movies feature negative portrayals of black women? If so, do you think his latest movie I Can Do Bad All by Myself is an improvement? What do you think of Perry’s movies and plays in general? Let me know what you think.