On stereotypical images of blacks in the media:
Each artist should be allowed to pursue their artistic endeavors but I still think there is a lot of stuff out today that is "coonery" and buffoonery. I know it's making a lot of money and breaking records, but we can do better. … I am a huge basketball fan, and when I watch the games on TNT, I see these two ads for these two shows (Tyler Perry's "Meet the Browns" and "House of Payne") and I am scratching my head. … We got a black president and we going back to Mantan Moreland and Sleep 'n' Eat?
On Tyler Perry and what the black consumer (really) wants to see:
We've had this discussion back and forth. When John Singleton [made Boyz in the Hood], people came out to see it. But when he did Rosewood, nobody showed up. So a lot of this is on us! You vote with your pocketbook, your wallet. You vote with your time sitting in front of the idiot box, and [Tyler Perry] has a huge audience. We shouldn't think that Tyler Perry is going to make the same film that I am going to make, or that John Singleton or my cousin Malcolm Lee [would make]. As African Americans, we're not one monolithic group so there is room for all of that. But at the same time, for me, the imaging is troubling and it harkens back to Amos n' Andy. (Source)
May 28, 2009
Posted By:Savvy Sista | At:7:31 AM
Now I'm pretty sure when Spike Lee made the following statements he knew they were going to be controversial, but Spike is the kind of man that really doesn't care what other people think and I have always admired that about him. Here is what he said to Ed Gordon about Tyler Perry:
I'm pretty sure some are just going to see this as one brother hating on another, but I don't see it that way. Although he didn't have to call out Tyler specifically, I think Spike was calling out us (the consumers). He did it when he brought up the analogy about John Singleton and the two movies he came out with. Everybody went and saw 'Boyz n the Hood' but people couldn't be bothered to go see 'Rosewood' (which was a very good movie I might add). We are always complaining that we don't have variety when it come to films about us, but to be honest when we are offered variety we don't support it. We didn't support movies like 'Akeelah and the Bee', 'Eve's Bayou', 'The Great Debaters' and other quality movies the way we should have.
Personally I'm not mad at Tyler. I say let that brother make his money because we are the ones supporting his films. He is more than capable of making other films, but the question is will we support those films? He came out with "The Family that Preys", "Daddy's Little Girls", "Why Did I Get Married" but they didn't make no where near as much money as the Madea films. Whose fault is that? Tyler's or ours. We have some ownership in this and we can't just lay it at the foot of Tyler Perry or any other black film maker. To get better we must demand and support (with our money) better.