Oct 15, 2010

 
 
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding Tyler Perry's involvement in the film adaptation of Ntozake Shang's literary mastepiece 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf'.'  A lot of people are not happy about Mr. Perry's involvement with something many feel is a sacred work of art.  Instead of avoiding the controversy, Perry decided to take to his website to address the situation head on.  Here is what he wrote:
 
Anyway, I wanted to talk to you about FOR COLORED GIRLS.
 
We are only a little more than 3 weeks out from FOR COLORED GIRLS, which opens on November 5th.  Wow, time is flying! I wanted to talk to you for just a second about this film. There has been a lot of Internet chatter about me doing this film. I've heard everything from, "I'm glad he's doing it!", to "How dare he touch this!".  Believe me, I know that this is sensitive material and I handled it that way. If you don't believe me see for yourself on November 5th.
 
If you know anything about the book or play, FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF, which is what my film is based on, then you know that it you for just a second about this film. There has been a lot of Internet chatter about me doing this film. I've heard everything from, "I'm glad he's doing it!", to "How dare he touch this!".  Believe me, I know that this is sensitive material and I handled it that way. If you don't believe me see for yourself on November 5th.
 
If you know anything about the book or play, FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF, which is what my film is based on, then you know that it is one of the most powerful literary works of this century. But, if you know it, you are also thinking like I was, "How can I make this into a movie?"
 
After reading the play a thousand times and listening to these poems a million times, it hit me.  There was only one way to approach it.  So what I did was, I put these characters in the situations around the poems, so that they could speak the dialogue of the book without it sounding like a poem. And I have to tell you, I wasn't sure that it could be done. But, after listening to Phylicia Rashad, Thandie Newton, Kerry Washington, Macy Gray, Kimberly Elise, Tessa Thompson, Whoopi Goldberg, Loretta Devine, Anika Noni Rose and Janet Jackson say these words it was awesomely seemless.
 
The stories are about eight women who live in NYC and we follow them through their lives; follow them through loving, losing, giving too much of themselves, being hurt and betrayed, but most of all, we follow each of these women as they find love for themselves.
 
This movie is powerful.  It is incredible.  The performances in it are astonishing, but most of all this film will leave you lifted.
 
I don't know if you know this either, but never in the history of a feature film has there been an ensemble of this many black women.  That alone is worth celebrating. I hope you are planning to see it on November 5th. source
 

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