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Tyler Perry Responds To Fan Criticism Of His Choice To Cast Kim Kardashian In "Marriage Counselor"

by Tambay A. Obenson
November 17, 2011 1:07 PM
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I wondered when he'd write up a formal reply to his ticked off fans... sure enough, he did a few days ago. Here's the meat, posted on his website, in a message to his millions of fans:

After I finished writing this movie, I sat back and re-read it. Half way through my read, the gravity of what I had written hit me. I knew that this message was not only for my age group, but for all audiences, especially the youth. ESPECIALLY THE YOUTH!! YOUNG FOLKS NEED TO SEE THIS!!! And not just the young people that follow me, but the young people that are following other young people, as well. I wanted a younger cast, that’s why I put Jurnee in the lead and invited Lance Gross, Robbie Jones and Brandy. About two months ago, long before I even heard about Kim’s marriage or divorce, I was trying to finish up the casting. I said to one of my producers, “who else is out there that young people are looking up to?” One of my producers showed me pictures that his daughter had taken of several hundred kids lined up around the corner to get into a Kardashian store. They wanted to meet Kim. I thought, what better person! She literally has millions of young people following her. I thought and still do think, that it would be very responsible of her to be a part of this film. To have the young people that look up to her, see her in a film that is about, what happens in life when you make the wrong choices. Whether you’re aware of it or not, to be honest with you I wasn’t, millions of young people adore her and are following her every move. If one of those young people see this film and find the strength to live a better life and not go through what these characters went through in this movie, then we have all done what I feel I’m being led to do here. I hope you understand. I really do! And lastly, because I believe that my films speak from the inside out, why wouldn’t Kim Kardashian be invited into a film about Faith, Forgiveness and the healing power of God? What is wrong with that??

So there ya have it folks. Case closed, or is the jury still out on this one? 

I don't have a dog in this fight, so let's go to those who actually give a damn for comment... as in responses from his fans to his defence:

1. Marketing and Strategy is what this boils down to. You see, Tyler is the rolling with black people already, but if he can get the other side too, well, then he is really in the rolling. You see, black people forget to fast that, like politicians, entertainment works the same way, they only need the blacks to make the difference, but the money is when you can get both markets. I'll watch the movie on bootleg this go round instead of going to the movies.

2. I'm glad you are hearing your fans, but unfortunately you are not listening and that's what makes the difference. I am a big fan of your work, but unfortunately I will not be seeing this movie. In reading your reason for placing one of the no talented fake Kardashian (in my opinion) in your movie is not about teaching young people a lesson about what happens when you make the wrong choices, it's more about money. You gave it away yourself, because she has millions of young girls following her, then that makes her a better fit for your movie? Why again exactly? That's right, that means the millions of people f0llowing her, will be seeing your movie just to see her, which means more money for you and the Kardashian clan. I know there are far more better skilled/talented ACTRESSES that would've better for the job and you know it. Again, thanks for given me the opportunity to voice my opinion to you, because at the end of the day this is your movie and you are going to do it how you want.

3. Mr. Perry: Celebrate the holidays! Everyone else who's complaining: It's business. Everyone should be cheering and talking about Brandy and everyone else, especially the lead Jurnee Smollett, being in this movie instead of focusing on Kim K. and giving her more additional press than she deserves. Besides, Kim K. has made her fame on the backs (literally & figuratively) of black folks all these years, so as far as I'm concerned, turnabout is fair play. She never will have the chops to become a serious star, so all any movie producer can do is feature her in a cameo roll to attract her fan base. That's the case with this movie- she's in a small role- big deal. Spend your time celebrating the real talent that will be in "The Marriage Counselor" so Hollywood will know that we want to see them in more quality movies.

4. I hear you Tyler, and i hope it all goes well for yah...hope this particular movie doesn't tank...your body of work speaks for itself, BUT watch the numbers, they will tell you if it was a good move or not to cast this girl...I think all the criticism is not a personal attack or signals the end for you, I think it indicates the level of success of your movies and brand, you are a brand mister! Like all brands, you have an expectation to live up to; be mindful of that always. We'll talk on the other side after the flighting of this movie...keep it real always.

5. We all have things that we wish we could go back and make a different choice. Ms. Kardashian is no different. If having her in the film helps her and anyone who sees any of your films make better choices then praise GOD. Let your heart be at peace and when you feel those low times during the holidays do something to help someone else. I know the feeling. Im putting together dinners for those in need and it helps me to see my mother in the faces of other people and know that she is happy where she is because of the smiles that I see on other people. God Bless and keep the faith message going in your MOVIE MINISTRY.

LMBAO at anyone who really thinks having Kim K in the film will help her with *faith, forgiveness and healing* of some kind. Yeah, the kind of *faith, forgiveness and healing* only fame, publicity and a stash of greenbacks can buy.

Anyway, feel free to read his full *defense of Kim K.* HERE, as well as the myriad of comments that follow (it's really a mixed bag, both pro and con, from what the scanning I did).

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  • Chad | November 29, 2011 2:22 PMReply

    Props to Tyler Perry for not being judgmental.......that's God's job.

  • Ronnie D. | November 21, 2011 11:42 AMReply

    LOL what does it matter? This is a Tyler Perry movie we're talking about after all; this isn't exactly top rate cinema we've got here.

  • Stace | November 29, 2011 2:23 PM

    What a nice way to knock someone trying to make it in life. Thumbs down to you.

  • BROWNREADER | November 19, 2011 12:04 PMReply

    shark jump?

  • G WILL | March 7, 2012 5:24 PM

    He's telling the truth

  • SpiceTime | November 19, 2011 2:12 PM

    Shark Jump? Of a Tyler Perry movie? Tyler Perry's entire career has been one big cultural Shark Jump for the race!!!

  • Cynthia | November 18, 2011 5:17 PMReply

    In the past a bunch of my girl friends got together to see his movies, now we aren't going because he cast Kim K. How could he! As a mother of a teenage daughter, Kim K. is no rold model for my daughter or any of her friends.

  • Stace | November 29, 2011 2:35 PM

    Congrats, i'm guessing Michael Jai White's other movies are something you are unaware of? I'm guessing the imperfections in the other actors live's you are unaware of, unless its just race. Heffa please, you sound like a fool, how would you like an employer to only hire Caucasians or Hispanics? He is trying to relay a message, that goes outside of the African race.

    If his movies are such a problem, stop stressing, there are many other movies you can go watch, or direct your own movies.

  • CareyCarey | November 19, 2011 11:12 AM

    Now Cynthia, come on, who goes to the movies to find their role models? Seriously, of all the media and social outlets, a movie is the last place a person should hang their hat. Besides, if we are going to judge a movie and it's potential to be a "role model" - and then move accordingly - we would in essence have to close down most the personal lives of everyone involved...and then make a list of everyone who has been naughtier and nicer than the average man. Then we would have to choose a panel of judges. UT OH, if that panel mirrors Hollywood, black folks are going to get screwed. :-) Btw, I am scratching my head over this---> "since you and your group won't be there, the theater will be much quieter, with fewer loud & sassy comments shouted at the screen!" Uuuummmm? *snicker*

  • SpiceTime | November 18, 2011 6:45 PM

    Cynthia, I do hope Tyler Perry will get the message and cast future film projects more responsibly, after fans like you, your girlfriends and your teen daughter boycott his Kim Kardashian movie!

    In the end, Tyler will lament the loss of ticket sales -- and filmgoers in your neighborhood will appreciate one fact: since you and your group won't be there, the theater will be much quieter, with fewer loud & sassy comments shouted at the screen!

  • Sylvia | November 18, 2011 4:21 PMReply

    So he could not find anybody else for this role? I mean, really, nobody could put this message across or whatever message he says he is promoting, nobody else? Huh, yeah, right!

  • Clayton | November 18, 2011 3:47 PMReply

    This is all I have to say about this...

  • Clayton | November 18, 2011 3:49 PM

    This >

  • CareyCarey | November 17, 2011 10:43 PMReply

    "Since when does anyone care if anyone cast in a Tyler Perry movie can act?". What?! I thought I had heard every superficial comment on Tyler Perry, but this is a new attack. Lets see, who cares if Idris Alba can act? Heck, who cares if Whoopie Goldberg, Thandie Newton and Debbie Allen can act? Hell, who would pay their money to see Kimberly Elise and Anika Noni Rose in the same scene? I am sure nobody pays attention to the acting skills of Loretta Devine - right? Forget about it, who gives a rats ass about the performances of the two veteran actors Lousi Gossett Jr and Cicely Tyson? Damnit, nobody cares what Taraji P Henson, Jill Scott and Michael Jai White does on the screen - do they? Well, I do, I care because one of the joys of a Tyler Perry movie is seeing the greatest and current black actors put on a marvelous performance and they have all been in a Tyler Perry movie. Y'all need a new kind of drug!

  • CareyCarey | November 18, 2011 7:44 AM

    U OF I ALUM, you sort of have a point. I don't love mediocre movies but I watch movies for an assortment of reasons. I have said this before, a person gets what they are looking. You know, its like if a person is looking for the worst in an individual - any individual - they will find it. I don't care if its your wife, your neighbor or your boss, there will always be something in which you may not agree with or eats at your sole. However, I have NOT found it beneficial to languish in negativity. It really serves little or no purpose whatsoever. So yes, on many occasions the impetus of me watching a movie was solely based on the rewards and joy I thought I would receive from the performance of one or two actors in said movie. And U of I ALUM, I have said this before, I have come to believe that a journey shared with another, is more deeply moving an experience than a journey taken alone. Consequently, although I, like everyone who has been caught in the pounce of life’s struggles; that which makes us question our existence, I have managed to maintain my love of watching movies as a form of escape.
    Not only do I escape, movie watching affords me the opportunity to visit emotions, sights and sounds - much like reading books - that I may not have otherwise experienced. See, I am just a black hick from the flat lands of Iowa (yes, there are black folks in Iowa) that loves to stretch-out and view the world from different perspectives. And, as I said, I love watching movies, some people like duck hunting, others love going to the club or watching sit-coms on tv. Through it all, I dont worry about what a jerk, a racist, a bigot, or a damn fool receives from the screen because that is not my job. Besides, there is actually little I can do to persuade or convince them differently. So, in short, why bitch and moan about Tyler Perry?

  • U of I Alum | November 18, 2011 12:49 AM

    I was waiting for CareyCarey to jump in: I guess people like you see Tyler Perry assort of a reverse Steve McQueen -- only for people like you who love mediocre movies (even if they do occasionally contain quality talent).

  • Miles Ellison | November 17, 2011 9:08 PMReply

    Since when does anyone care if anyone cast in a Tyler Perry movie can act?

  • justwannasay | November 17, 2011 6:11 PMReply

    I have read the comments posted on Tyler Perry's website. I just wanna say this. I have been looking high and low for the Black Glenn Beck and from what I have been reading from the fans reaction, it is definitely Tyler Perry.

  • Neziah | November 17, 2011 4:11 PMReply

    I'm with those who said "let's get back to "Steve McQueen". lol

  • MiddleMyatt | November 17, 2011 2:14 PMReply

    So much for attempting to take the high road and hi-jack the board in praise of Steve McQueen! Let's get right to business, shall we: Sergio, I'm with you. TP can't be for real, it must be a joke -- kind of like his entire body of work!

    And Abi: if you think the "very talented businesswoman, television personality, model, actress and novelist" (really?!!) Kim Kardashian "deserves" a role in anything other than another infamously leaked sex tape, similar to the one on which her entertainment empire was built, you are more delusional than the single women of Bishop Eddie Long's church in Atlanta who are still hoping/praying to someday marry Tyler Perry, have male children by him, and have Bishop Long mentor them!

    Mediocrity attracts the same -- i.e., Tyler Perry and Kim Kardashian seem like the perfect fit (film-wise, that is!)

  • Sergio | November 17, 2011 1:42 PMReply

    Sorry but I have to laugh after reading that... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    He can't be for real is he? Really? This is joke right?

  • Abi | November 17, 2011 1:40 PMReply

    Kim Kardashian is a very talented businesswoman, television personality, model, actress and novelist. Good for her to land such a high profile role. She deserves it.
    I like her; there’s a lot of Kardashian bashing going on, but I’m not one of those people. I think she’s pretty cool… Leave her alone.

  • Sergio | November 17, 2011 1:48 PM

    What are you her publicist?

    Or were you the cameraman who shot her porn movie with Ray J? If you were I've seen a lot better photography on a porn film

  • MiddleMyatt | November 17, 2011 1:35 PMReply

    Yes, Logic, I'm with you: Let's hi-jack this board for Steve McQueen! Thanks for posting that link. Nothing less than inspiring! McQueen's the real future of film! Our hope -- "Our own shining prince" of film! (I won't even comment on Tyler Perry and his so-called "Movie ministry.")

  • Carver | November 26, 2011 3:58 AM

    No he's not. He doesn't represent black people.

  • Logic | November 17, 2011 1:12 PMReply

    Can we get off this man, please?

    I want to talk about how Steve McQueen just owned a room full of white male directors on the subject of diversity:

  • Blu Crane | November 29, 2011 2:43 PM

    You know how people are, they like to judge and judge and judge, but when its time for them to be judged its a problem. He is a man that didn't have to do anything in regards to movies, play, shows, and so forth, that is doing that, and people are scolding him for doing just that.

    They don't want employers to toss their applications to the waste side for being "Black", but they want him to be that way because they feel that he is "Our movie producer". I don't know the man, God bless him though, I would never wish misfortune upon someone.

    Whats funny, is that it isn't his movie anymore, by the haters, its...........the Kim Kardashian movie (HA!) what a sad way to live. The Brotha's and Sista's that are in the movie sure appreciate the blessing, and I will pray even more success for this man...........which will eat a hater alive, because their life's existence seems to be so stuck on someone else's life that they need them to do thing a certain way or they won't be able to carry on in life. (Can you say Psycho?!)

  • Carver | November 26, 2011 3:59 AM

    Fuck McQueen and your jelly-belly asses.

  • Zeus | November 17, 2011 1:40 PM

    Thanks for the heads up LOGIC. Time to pay attention to directors with actual talent.

  • Jug | November 17, 2011 1:22 PM

    HOLY SHIT!! Logic, THANK YOU for putting me up on game. You're right, screw Tyler Perry, folks need to paying attention to McQueen & this interview. Made me smile & say Hot Damn!

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