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Tyler Perry Faces His Own “Fall From Grace” Over Accusations That He Exploits Women

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by G. Brown

Movie Mogul Tyler Perry should be relishing in the release of his latest film “A Fall From Grace”, but instead, he’s beating back accusations that his films exploit women.

In a recent interview, while on a junket to promote his latest Netflix film, Perry said, “I’m always trying to send a message that you don’t have to deal with this shit. It’s not about making money off of a woman’s pain — it is about telling a story. And I wish that people, especially black women, would get off the fact of saying, ‘Oh, he’s making money off of black women.”

Perry’s strong defense just seemed to offend even more critics and according to CinemaBlend, that’s led to the publishing of  “some scathing commentaries” such as one written by the DailyBeast.  In their article, the Daily Beast says “Perry, while offering lucrative work to supremely talented black actors who face racist discrimination throughout the rest of the industry, actually does a major disservice to his employees; he sells out his leading ladies for cold hard cash, and without the input of actual black women writers and producers who may have the insight to tell more dignified or honest stories.”

The article concludes with a critical condemnation that Perry reproduces “prejudices primarily about black women his audiences may or may not already hold, Perry does not simply capitalize but proselytizes….”

Perry has filled a void that few were looking to fill in Hollywood, by writing about the Black experience and giving audiences stories and characters similar to the ones we all grew up around.  He’s single-handedly put more Black actors and singers to work than any other writer/director…and that was before he turned an old military base into his movie studios.  His 330 acre Perry Studios in southwest Atlanta was an economic boom to an area that badly needed the stimulus.

No one is denying that Perry is giving back to the community, but is he hurting the community by telling stories that always show Black women in abusive relationships at the hands of parents, family members or drugs of choice?

Is what Perry doing any different than the Blaxploitation films of the ’70s like Richard Roundtree’s”Shaft” or “Sweet Sweetback”.   These films introduced actors like Roundtree, Jim Kelly, Fred Williamson(“Three the Hard Way”) and Tamara Dobson(“Cleopatra Jones”) to Black stars who were not getting a chance for bit parts in White written films.

Blaxploitation films embraced everything about Black culture and that included the good and the bad.  Heavy on slang, the dialogue often included a lot of profanity, racist terms like “cracker” and “honkey” and plenty of sexist epithets like ‘bi**h’, ‘whore’ and ‘sl*t’. Plots all revolved around stereotypes of drug dealers and prostitutes.  Violence was over the top with male appendages being cut off and placed in jars.  And women were often over-sexualized and objectified.  Actress Pam Grier  was a stunning beauty who won third place in 1967s Miss Universe Pageant. Even in the starring role of 1974’s “Foxy Brown”, she was forced to show her bare breasts in a scene where she raped by White kidnappers after she was drugged.

As raw and horrible as some of the Blaxploitation films sound. those movies are no worse than the pedophilia, violent, rape centric movies being turned out by directors like Quentin Tarrantino. Not that two wrongs can make a right, but if Perry didn’t produce these shows and movies, would anyone? Would critics be silenced if these movies were made by Tarrantino, Michael Bey, Ron Howard or Spielberg?

 

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    jijih

    March 2, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    To the Author, he is not hiring Black Woman and doing them a favor.
    He pays them peanuts and tell crappy degrading stories. But they have no where else to work therefore they take his jobs by no choices.

    He hires black woman because his stories are about degrading black woman, and the actors and actresses take these jobs because they have to put food on their table, no matter how cruel his salary offer is.
    So, please, it is no logical and credible argument that he is bringing jobs to black people.
    He might as well make white people movies with white actors instead of this destruction in all of hi movies.

    Tyler Perry is the NWA of Movies. So, please do not in any way put 1 positive spin in all the destruction he is doing.

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    NBA is fixed

    January 25, 2020 at 12:07 am

    Sistas how do you feel about Tyler Perry making movies about black women, but he does not hire black female writers or directors?

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      jijih

      March 2, 2020 at 2:25 pm

      Exactly why it makes no sense when others defend this destructive person. He is the worst, especially because he is black, he gets away with it.
      Substitute him with any white person for that matter, people will march on Washington to get black writers in there, to get Black Woman writing participating in writing their stories.
      But somehow because he is black and wears a dress then its ok for him to tell black woman stories…

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    Shawn J.

    January 24, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    Despite what (some) critics (may) say or think of Tyler Perry, he still rocks! My honest opinion!

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    Zahir

    January 24, 2020 at 5:58 am

    Its so sad how we always pull each other down, nothing has changed we take one step forward and the crabs pull you back two. Wake up people this is new territory and perfection takes trial and tribulations not finger pointing. To all those critics what have you done to advance our situation because what your doing now does nothing but divide. Divide and conquer… what does it take for so many of us to wake up. When you plant a seed it must take root before it becomes a Beautiful flower. If you can’t lend a hand then back off!

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      jijih

      March 2, 2020 at 2:21 pm

      Zahir, Please..
      are you honestly saying that yes, we must take this indignity because it comes from a black person? Come On now,
      why you sounding so ignorant. So, because the thieve in the night is family, we must therefore support it?? Your argument makes no logical sense.

      If he can make positive image movies, than let him do that.

      But, the mere fact that we seeing the wrong, that means it should never be there Period. irrespective of who is doing it.

      So, Tyler Perry is very very destructive Period.
      Whether he has billions doing it and employes a 1000 black actors, it is still Very Very Destructive.
      For that, he should not be allowed just because he is black.

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    Marvin A. Smith

    January 23, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    This story is utterly stupid, ignorant and wasteful ! Tyler Perry is doing an Outstanding Job! He deserves high praise, not stupid, ignorant and wasteful criticism!

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    NBA is fixed

    January 23, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    I have a question, is there a difference between Pam Grier getting drugged and raped by two white men and Halle Berry having raunchy sex with a white man and begging him to make her feel good?

    I have a second question, do you think hollywood would produce a movie where Scarlett Johansson has raunchy sex with Samuel L Jackson and begs him to make her feel good?

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    NBA is fixed

    January 23, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Hollywood produced the Blaxploitation movies for two reasons; one, to get out of virtual bankruptcy. Reason number two, to destroy the Black Power Movement. Thanks to Blaxploitaion movies, black men stopped greeting each other by saying the word “man,” and started greeting each other by saying the word “n***er.” Blaxploitation movies were meant to exploit and dehumanize black people and display the most childish, insane behavior among black men and women. In the 1960’s, black men raised their fists in the air and said “Power to the people.” In the 1970’s during the Blaxploitation movie era, black men shined their long fingernails and said, “B***h better have my money.” Unfortunately hollywood’s mission of destroying and exploiting black people was accomplished.

    Tyler Perry’s movies are meant to exploit and mock black women’s pain and to promote homosexuality among black men. When black men like Tyler Perry or Eddie Murphy wear the dress, they’re promoting homosexuality and insulting the intelligence of black women. Unfortunately many black women throughout America spent their hard earned money watching black actors degrade and disgrace black women. If there are any legitimate positive black movies featuring black women, let me know because I can’t think of any. Waiting To Exhale does not count.

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      jijih

      March 2, 2020 at 2:37 pm

      I can not agree more.
      If I had powers and monies of Bezos and Gates, I would shut down his studios and move it back to wherever hell it came from.

      This man is beyond destructive.
      he can go on make any other movies with no black actors, that will just be much better that this.

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    NBA is fixed

    January 23, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    Guess who else became a millionaire off of the pain and suffering of black women, Terry McMillan. Guess who became a billionaire off of the pain and suffering of black women, Oprah Winfrey. This is not my opinion, these are the facts!

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    marcus davis

    January 23, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    I have’nt watched a lot of Tyler Perrys movie output,but i did watch his latest effort Fall from Grace.I thought it was pretty good.He’s giving jobs to black folks in an industry that’s ripe with blatant racism.With black folks you just can’t win doesn’t matter what you do.Those that are criticizing him for not featuring enough of the black experience with black women.Maybe those critics should get of their collective asses and write a script or story that they think incorporates black womens experience.Either that or just shut the fuck up!

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      Erica$

      January 24, 2020 at 2:28 am

      Yep

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      jijih

      March 2, 2020 at 2:42 pm

      Marcus Davis.. how can you really be this thick.
      So, no to white oppression. But definitely OK to Tyler Perry sh******ting on us because his black. what kind of ignorant argument is that.
      Do you really think that these actors he put up are there because they have money but completely agree with his destructive work?? or it because they do not have any money to survive o they take his.

      So, if you think its OK for a person to do wrong because he is family than you most definitely need to see a Dr.
      Because that is the worst form of sickness, you have.

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    Cathy

    January 22, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    Tyler Perry in my opinion is telling real life stories and situations that are happening to black women all the time on an everyday basis. These stories have uplifting endings of hope that let women of color know that there is a way out and a ray of hope. These stories uplift people and also put black actors to work in the process. I admire him as a person and a Black man who is willing to take on the plight of the black family.

    The black women has taken the brunt of all the anger and shame but we have survived and we always will. If we don’t tell these stories no on else will. Yes, there will always be critics in whatever you do, so you have to keep it moving and be true to yourself. In the end that truly is all that matters.

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    Jerry C COLLINS

    January 22, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    Perry is helping get jobs that they would not have gotten regular Hollywood.

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