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"Open Letter from Tyler Perry to his critics (swipe):"


          

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*Tyler Perry has distributed another e-mail to his fans, this time defending the girth of his lead actors in “House of Payne,” the filmmaker’s new sitcom airing Wednesdays on TBS.

Stars LaVan Davis and Cassie Davis have apparently been criticized for being overweight. Also, Perry’s letter suggests that some have accused him of perpetuating the stereotype of portly black mothers.

Perry begins his e-mail response by pointing out the harsh treatment he’s received from critics throughout his career. He writes:

You all know that the critics have hated every thing that I have done over the years. Roger Ebert gave DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN-THE MOVIE an awful review, one critic called MADEA'S FAMILY REUNION-THE MOVIE the worst thing that he'd ever seen, some other critic said that DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS shouldn't have ever been made and that I had to be stopped. Not to mention the plays, a critic in L.A. said of MADEA GOES TO JAIL, that it was the worst play he'd ever seen and that this type of show should not be at the Kodak Theatre, the home of the Oscars.

So over the years I have learned to ignore these people and keep doing what I feel that I am being led to do. But when people begin to attack certain cast members of HOUSE OF PAYNE because they are overweight, then I have to say something. Just because a person is overweight doesn't mean that they are less than anybody else. That's why these people have not been able to get a job for years in Hollywood. One person even asked, "Why do you even hire them?" I hire all kinds of people--thin, not so thin, tall, short, in shape, not in shape, Black, White, Latino. When somebody comes to work for me I don't see color, I don't see their size, all I want to know is "Can you do the job?"

One person asked why does the mama have to be a "FAT BLACK WOMAN" and said that I am perpetuating stereotypes by putting these overweight people on the show, as if there are no fat black women in America that are mothers. My mother and aunts are fat black women. And that upsets me to think that people, especially Black people, would say that I'm doing a disservice to America by putting them on T.V. Skinny does not make you beautiful. There are all kinds of beautiful women in this world. And if we begin to look at the heart of a person rather than prejudge then we would see that we are missing some of the nicest and most talented people in the world. I'm sorry but I had to get that off my chest. I just don't like to see good people hurt because of ignorance and intolerance.

I won't apologize for putting these people in this show. I don't ever remember hearing any of this about ROSANNE. They deserve to be on this show. They are very good, caring, God-fearing people who needed a hand. And I am so grateful that so many of you are watching HOUSE OF PAYNE and making their dreams come true everyday.

God bless,

T.P.



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Open Letter from Tyler Perry to his critics (swipe): [View all] , tREBLEFREE, Tue Jun-19-07 06:49 AM
 
Subject Author Message Date ID
god, i hate him.
Jun 19th 2007
1
nevermind
Jun 19th 2007
2
Diary of A Mad Black Woman still sucked though
Jun 19th 2007
3
his heart is in the right place, but what's his point?
Jun 19th 2007
4
Hey, some of my best friends are fat!!!
Jun 19th 2007
5
what should he have said?
Jun 19th 2007
6
      I don't know, but he sounds like he's apologizing,
Jun 19th 2007
10
In his defense, that is a pretty stupid criticism
Jun 19th 2007
7
Agreed
Jun 19th 2007
15
delete
Jun 19th 2007
8
RE: nobody said anything about king of queens...roseanne, too
Jun 19th 2007
9
      true. There's pretty much a"funny fat guy" on EVERY sitcom now...
Jun 19th 2007
11
It disgusts me that he's still legally allowed to put pen to paper.
Jun 19th 2007
12
Okay, honestly are people criticizing the show because...
Jun 19th 2007
13
what's the proper age for pretty healthy black women to turn fat?
Jun 19th 2007
14
advice to Mr. Tyler Perry...
Jun 19th 2007
16
do you watch/enjoy his movies, jam?
Jun 19th 2007
17
its funny you should ask...
Jun 19th 2007
18
critics don't work for free, bruh
Jun 19th 2007
19
why does Tyler Perry anger you so much?
Jun 19th 2007
20
I seem angry?
Jun 19th 2007
23
Hilarious:
Jun 19th 2007
21
indeed
Jun 19th 2007
22
Misleading title, man. It doesn't really matter!
Jun 19th 2007
24
men lie, women lie, number don't lie
Jun 19th 2007
25
I agree 100%
Jun 19th 2007
28
cosign
Jun 21st 2007
52
dang, I thought he was going to answer his critics
Jun 19th 2007
26
He should focus on defending the unfunniness of his show
Jun 19th 2007
27
Don't you get it......
Jun 19th 2007
29
Fatal Flaws in his argument
Jun 20th 2007
30
Family Reunion was a very good movie
Jun 20th 2007
31
Tyler Perry Q & A (swipe)
Jun 20th 2007
32
and there it is...
Jun 20th 2007
33
he gets extra heat because his shit IS extra
Jun 20th 2007
34
do you really want a nigga to dig up dirt on that show?
Jun 20th 2007
37
nigga please
Jun 21st 2007
50
really, it's not a black thing
Jun 20th 2007
38
i don't like tarantino because he's gotten wack...understand?
Jun 20th 2007
39
      Am I to take your response to mean
Jun 20th 2007
40
           no
Jun 20th 2007
41
yep, speak on it.
Jun 21st 2007
48
a four-hour block of Tyler Perry!
Jun 20th 2007
35
Fuck all of y'all
Jun 20th 2007
36
      RE: Fuck all of y'all
Jun 22nd 2007
57
Hold up, TBS ordered 100 episodes?
Jun 20th 2007
42
Oh *hell* no!
Jun 20th 2007
44
Dupe
Jun 20th 2007
43
I'm confused, does he have an order for 100 episodes
Jun 20th 2007
45
50 are in the can.
Jun 20th 2007
46
that's because he works hard
Jun 21st 2007
47
      ^^^Deadin that black folks are lazy stereotype. I see it
Jun 21st 2007
51
i'm not mad. and i've not seen more than 5 minutes of anything
Jun 21st 2007
55
okay. So I watched it last night...just to be objective.
Jun 21st 2007
49
It's not supposed to be...
Jun 21st 2007
53
      no...it's supposed to make money and you supposed to not watch
Jun 21st 2007
54
      how is a sitcom not supposed to be funny?
Jun 22nd 2007
58
has nothing to do with Obesity for me...........
Jun 21st 2007
56
I hope he wins and wins big
Jun 24th 2007
59
the fat black people crtitcism
Jun 26th 2007
60
that's a bad reason to hate the show
Jun 26th 2007
61

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