By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act February 14, 2013 at 4:56PM
File this one under unconfirmed...
According to Gawker, YouTube celeb Sweet Brown ("Ain't nobody got time for that") has been cast in Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas, which is due out this X-mas holiday.
Apparently, she's in demand, thanks to that early 2012 YouTube news report that featured her, which went viral. It's been played over 40 million times on YouTube alone, including an auto-tune mix. Clearly, folks have been having a lot of fun with the clip. Just search YouTube and you'll find a few different mixes of "Ain't nobody got time for that," entertaining millions and millions of viewers worldwide.
So I suppose that, like other previous unintentional YouTube celebs, it's no surprise that Sweet Brown has attracted other celebs who want likely want to exploit her newfound fame. She's practically a star now!
Remember Antoine Dodson from 2 years ago or so - Mr "Hide yo kids, hide yo wife, and hide yo husband..."
When Beyoncé is quoting you in public, on national TV (she quoted Sweet Brown in a post-Super Bowl interview w/ Extra about the power outage), you know you've made I guess. She's now doing commercials, co-hosting TV shows, is being booked for private parties, corporate retreats, and church events. And she's also apparently done a video with will.i.am.
I can only wonder who's representing her, if she has an agent, who's looking out for her best interests, etc, to ensure that she's being paid her fair share of all the money that's likely rolling in, and that she isn't just being taken advantage of.
For example, I found a Facebook page for her, with about 75,000 *likes* (which is a lot), that's selling tee-shirts, sweat-shirts, mugs, cups, etc, with pieces of her now famous quote on them. There's a lot of activity on the page, and I'm sure thousands of pieces of merchandise have been sold. But, the problem is, when you click to read the "About" section of the Facebook page, it says the following: This is not the official Sweet Brown.
So, someone launched that Facebook page soon after she became a web sensation, and is probably making a ton of money - with none of it going to her. I guess the quote isn't trademarked, so there's probably nothing she or her people can do about it. I'm assuming they know. Unless they are receiving a cut of profits or have some other arrangement.
But back to Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas... as I said, even though Gawker is a reputable site, they don't list a source for that casting news. I did some digging to see if I'd find anything else on it, but no other site has mentioned this. So, file it under unconfirmed.
One thing I will say is that Tyler Perry did post the original video that went viral, on his Facebook page last year, saying that it had him in stiches from laughing so hard. So he's certainly been aware of her; meaning, he could very well have cast her, likely in a cameo type of role.
But we'll see eventually...
A Madea Christmas, which Perry is of course writing, directing and starring in, also stars Tika Sumpter, Chad Michael Murray, Larry the Cable Guy, Kathy Najimy and Eric Lively .
Here's the official synop from Lionsgate:
Madea gets coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas, but the biggest surprise is what they'll find when they arrive. As the small, rural town prepares for its annual Christmas Carnival, new secrets are revealed and old relationships are tested while Madea dishes her own brand of Christmas Spirit to all.
Lionsgate will release it on December 13, so it should start shooting in the next 1 to 3 months.
And if you're not familiar with the original Sweet Brown video that made her a star, watch it below: