My thoughts on Tyler Perry’s “For Better Or Worse” are up at Yourblackworld. As always, here’s a snippet:
I’ve been a defender of Tyler Perry since his early years but alas, I’ve reached a brook I cannot cross. Tyler Perry’s “For Better or Worse” is a show that I just cannot, in good Negro conscience, defend. Part of the reason I continued defending Perry’s early work was because I noticed an elitist bent to the criticism leveled at Perry. You can’t very well call “Madea’s Family Reunion” coonin’ and buffoonin’ without calling your auntie, mother, and grandmother – all of whom got a good cackle from the flick – coons and buffoons. Furthermore, I tend to shy away from name-calling, especially where my elders are concerned. I’ll leave such juvenile antics to Spike Lee and his cliquish following.
So in the beginning, I liked Tyler Perry for the same reason that everyone else liked Tyler Perry – Madea. Madea’s down home and grandmotherly common sense approach to struggle and strife was a breath of fresh air. The bold chalk line she drew to delineate wrong from right was appreciable in an increasingly obscure and irresponsible black culture. Read the entire piece.
- Tyler Perry’s “For Better or Worse” Scrapes Bottom of the Black Barrel (yourblackpolitics.wordpress.com)
- Madea Tyler Perry Defends His Choice To Cast Kim K In The Marriage Counselor (perezhilton.com)
- Tyler Perry: Open Letter to Penn State 11-Year-Old (theroot.com)