Tyler Perry has actually long been dogged over his signature character, Madea, and stereotypes some feel she maintains — however he’s protecting himself … specifically versus Spike Lee.
The film studio magnate sat for an interview with Chris Wallace as part of his brand-new program on HBO Max — ‘Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace’ — which was ditched from CNN+ … and repurposed on their primary streaming app.
Chris asks Tyler about a criticism that Lee when lobbed versus him in explaining his Madea films — in which he called the character and/or those films “coonery buffoonery” in ’09.
From Spike’s POV … Madea is a caricature of Black individuals, females in specific, and he believes it’s a low-cost, excessive impersonation that Tyler has actually generated income from with a great deal of success. There are at least 10 films of his in which the character appears.
While TP was when estimated as stating Spike can “go to hell,” he’s a bit more nuanced in describing why he likes the character and the believing behind her makeup. He states Madea represents females he matured around, whose stories he wished to communicate in an amusing method … with fact sprayed in. In other words, he appears to see it as an homage.
Tyler likewise conjures up Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance to enhance his point … noting this convo has actually been occurring method prior to Spike’s salvo.
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Now, it needs to be kept in mind … this old beef, while still talked about today, appears to be long and buried. Back in 2019, when Tyler opened his film studio lot in Georgia, Spike was really amongst the numerous popular visitors who pertained to examine it out. And TP even called among the sound phases after him … informing us at the time that his tradition was larger than their fight.