Nov 17, 2011

Tyler Perry has finally decided to speak up about the controversy surrounded his new film, 'The Marriage Counselor'. A lot of the Madea film maker's fans are expressing concern and some outright outrage of his decision to cast one Kim Kardashian in the film. Never one to shy away from controversy, Perry decided to send an email out to his fans addressing their concerns. Here's what he had to say:

I think many of you know that this is a very difficult time of year for me, so what I try to do is make sure that I’m working during this time. All I wanted to do was shoot a great film and try to keep my mind off the holiday grief that I have been experiencing for the past two years. I could not have imagined I’d be getting all these emails about Kim Kardashian. I HAVE SEEN THEM!! YOU HAVE BEEN HEARD!! …LOL. Now, may I say something? Can a brother get a word in?….LOL. Y’all gave me a new movie title, Tyler Perry’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman Cause You Hired Kim Kardashian, Don’t Make Me Take Off My Earrings and Boycott Yo A**.”…LOL. Some of my ladies are upset. Ok, all jokes aside, can I have my say? Will you at least here me out?

I was in a Mexican restaurant and the cutest little old woman stopped me and said, “I want to talk to you about KAR-DAT- CHA-NEM.” I said, “Ma’am?” She said, “What is wrong with you putting her in the lead role of your movie?” By the time I explained to her that she was not in the lead role and why I thought she should be in “The Marriage Counselor”, she said, “Oh, I see your point and I can’t wait to see the movie.” So, if you don’t mind, I’d like to share with you what I said to her then maybe you’ll see why I wanted her in the film.

This movie is about a young lady named Judith (Jurnee Smolett), who grew up in the countryside of Virginia in a trailer park. She was raised in the church by her mother Sarah (Ella Joyce). Judith married her childhood sweetheart Brice (Lance Gross) and had the perfect life until she graduated college and went to work in the big city. After college, all she wanted to do was be a marriage counselor, but the only job she could find was working for a matchmaker named Janice (Vanessa Williams). Janice has several employees that work for her, including a woman named Ava (Kim Kardashian). Ava is constantly trying to influence Judith on everything from her shoes to her hair. Judith meets a man at work named Harley (Robbie Jones). Harley challenges everything in her life from her marriage to her husband to her faith. Meanwhile, Brice (Lance Gross), Judith’s husband works at a pharmacy owned by Mrs. Waco (Renee Taylor). Brice has just hired a coworker named Melinda (Brandy), who has some major demons that she is running from. In the end, the choices that both of these young women have made come crashing down on them and their lives will never be the same. I wish I could tell you more, but I don’t want to ruin it for you.

After I finished writing this movie, I sat back and re-read it. Half way through my read, the gravity of what I had written hit me. I knew that this message was not only for my age group, but for all audiences, especially the youth. ESPECIALLY THE YOUTH!! YOUNG FOLKS NEED TO SEE THIS!!! And not just the young people that follow me, but the young people that are following other young people, as well. I wanted a younger cast, that’s why I put Jurnee in the lead and invited Lance Gross, Robbie Jones and Brandy. About two months ago, long before I even heard about Kim’s marriage or divorce, I was trying to finish up the casting. I said to one of my producers, “who else is out there that young people are looking up to?” One of my producers showed me pictures that his daughter had taken of several hundred kids lined up around the corner to get into a Kardashian store. They wanted to meet Kim. I thought, what better person! She literally has millions of young people following her. I thought and still do think, that it would be very responsible of her to be a part of this film. To have the young people that look up to her, see her in a film that is about, what happens in life when you make the wrong choices. Whether you’re aware of it or not, to be honest with you I wasn’t, millions of young people adore her and are following her every move. If one of those young people see this film and find the strength to live a better life and not go through what these characters went through in this movie, then we have all done what I feel I’m being led to do here. I hope you understand. I really do!

And lastly, because I believe that my films speak from the inside out, why wouldn’t Kim Kardashian be invited into a film about Faith, Forgiveness and the healing power of God? What is wrong with that??

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So what do you think of Tyler's explanation? Are you buying or selling it?


  1. bottom line, when he saw kids lined up to see kim k. he knew he could make money off them coming to see kim k. in the movie.

    it's about the money tyler all that other mess you talked about is just that mess. the fact that you laughed at your fans and belittled them before you got to your condescending excuse only solidifies for me how right i have been to avoid your movies and plays.

  2. Selling it! I love Tyler Perry, Lord knows I do, and well defend him to death, however Tyler that is some serious Bull Sh##. Can we say Raven Symone.

  3. Wow! You wrote exactly what I was thinking. It's all about money at the end of the day. Tyler should be ashamed of himself to cast her in any of his movies. I'm a fan of his, and also believe that the movie would sell itself without her being a cast memember.

    My daughter does not look up to Kim and never will. She serves us no purpose on this earth. Tyler seriously rethink this becasue your fan base will decline rapidly.

  4. I have no opinion about her being in the movie. It is not that deep to me. I guess fans are free to voice their opinions but I think the message that filmmakers hear is a flop at the box office. I am curious as to how well the movie will do opening weekend considering all of this uproar.

  5. Okay okay... I am NOT a fan of Tyler Perry movies BUT his saving grace, in my opinion, has been that he does give talented Black actors and actresses jobs which something that Hollywood, in general, doesn't seem to be too concerned about. So I am completely baffled by this decision... I agree with the Educator that if his goal was to appeal to a young audience then he still overlooked so many talented young Black actresses that have proven they can draw an audience. In addition to Raven what about Tatyana Ali, the young Knowles cousin who is making a big splash over at Disney, Tika Sumpter (who has cross over appeal since being in Gossip Girl) ... there just seems to me that there are a lot of real actresses who could have used that job and in the end, I don't believe that KK will bring him the audience that she thinks he will... I can't see young white girls flocking to a Tyler Perry movie that would not normally see just because she will be on the screen for a few minutes.

    That said, this attitude that because something doesn't affect me personally, it's not my problem really sickens me. We are not individual islands, we all move together in this ecosystem we call a community. And while you may not feel the need to be your neighbor's keeper, if there were not other people out there looking out for you, you would not survive long. I feel so much empathy for parents these days. I paid KK absolutely no attention (she has no effect on my life and I do not for one minute envy her or her lifestyle) until I volunteered with after school program and heard 12 and 13 year old girls *aspiring* to be like her.

    Really?? I cannot imagine if my daughter came to me and said what she wanted to do with her life is to make a sex tape and become known for bed hopping and her physical assets(purchased assets at that) as opposed to focusing on developing her brain and being a good person. I'd wash her mouth out with 2 gallons of bleach and ground her for life.

  6. Hey Savvy!!!
    Tyler Perry has gone Hollywood, and he's about money like all the rest. Actually, I summed Tyler's Dressbarn, lipstick wearing azz up pretty well if I do say so myself. Read

  7. Carmen-

    I agree 100% with you. You hit the nail on the head!

  8. Tyler has given us some very thought provoking, entertaining and enlightening mediums. Give him a break. If you are a fan you are a fan. Isn't this just what we're known for? Turning our backs on people. He wants to try something different. Why not? How much does he have to give us to please us and let us know that he is genuine and someone we enjoy interacting with. Seems like you all are missing the messages that his movies have always portrayed.

  9. ok!!!!!! KIM K is a soul.... she is human like everyone else one is perfect everyone sins just because hers is publicized doesnt make her any different... why are you judging her??? as christians we should love her and hate the sin... maybe this is a way of her getting saved and living a better life as she walks with GOD ... STOP it and pray for her dont bash her ....TyLER PERRY I WILL BE WATCHING YOUR MOVIE AND TAKING LOTS OF YOUTH WITH ME.... GOD bless you ..