Friday, August 1, 2008
I know this will probably offend the millions and millions of single, black, church-going, women who are loyal fans of his but it must be said. What does Mr. Perry have against black men? I have watched his movies and his stage plays and I believe I have them down to a simple formula.
The "Bad One"- He will be pure "evil", misogynistic, materialistic and/or sexual deviants.
The "Good One"- He will be a good man who was on the right track until he lost it all, or got on to the wrong track. He is on his way back to "doin' right"; but he is constantly dogged by his reputation, and/or the repercussions of his checkered past and/or poor decision making. The most important part of the "good man" is; all the bad things that happened to him were of his own doing. out of selfishness or greed.
The men in Mr. Perry's movies have no natural instinct or urges to exhibit "positive" behavior until adversity has humbled them. They are "bad", for no apparent reason, until made "good". He couldn't do the Barrack Obama story because he isn't an ex-con, former gang member, thug-ass nigga, or backslider.
They are always strong, positive, sensible, and amazingly maternal and willing to sacrifice any and every for their family. They are also always the star, motivating factors, and focal point of the films. They are offered every benefit of the doubt, and if they do have a fault or short coming, they are provided with a wonderful back story to explain why it is so.
If a woman doesn't fall into this cater gory, she is a minimal side character, or a comedic caricatures.
I don't mind that Mr. Perry does this. I actually find his movies very entertaining. But ever since The Color Purple was made a film( a movie the had absolutely no positive Black men); I believe that there has been a market for films that showcase Black women rising above despite the Black men in their lives. I know..... I know..... Many of you are saying, " But there really are Black men like that" or "You just don't understand what it's like to be a Black woman in the world today". Imagine if he wrote the opposite. Imagine if every woman in his film were no good? Imagine the public backlash. I am in no way saying that Mr. Perry should stop making films or stop making the kind of films that he does. I'm merely saying that he seems to be benefiting off of a media system that emasculates Black men and morally assassinates and ousts the Black man as the Patriarchal figurehead of the Black family. Maybe I'm reading too much into the films. Maybe I don't know enough about Mr. Perry's personal story. Maybe I'm just a hater. Maybe...
Or maybe we are being introduced to the Year 2000 minstrel show. Maybe Flavor of Love was too overt. Maybe this is just subtle enough to win us over.
And I haven't even mentioned the Organized Religion that he peppers in to his flicks to make sure we feel, at least a little, inadequate. I'm sorry if it seems like I'm hating on a fellow Black man, but I'm not. I wish Mr. Perry and all of those involved with his movement continued financial, spiritual, and creative success. I love seeing my brothers and sisters doing good; but my point of view; as a black man is, "something in the milk ain't clean". I still got love and respect for Mr. Tyler Perry, but that's just my opinion though; and who the hell am I?
From that guy, called Scizzle at 4:55 PM