Tyler Perry Tells Spike Lee to Go to Hell, Forgets That He Sucks

Tyler Perry–who created fucking “House of Payne” and whose best-rated movie on IMDB got a 4.69 out of 10–recently said at a press conference that Spike Lee can “go straight to hell.”

Quoth the creator of the execrable “Meet the Browns” and his signature character Madea, the black Ernest:

I’m so sick of hearing about damn Spike Lee…Spike can go straight to hell! You can print that. I am sick of him talking about me.

Frankly, Tyler Perry should be honored that Spike Lee is talking about him at all, whether he’s calling his work “coonery buffoonery” or not. This is like Pauly Shore sniping at Blake Edwards: recognize who you’re talking to, what you’ve done, and what your reputation is before running your mouth off at a director with a legitimate philosophy that goes past fat jokes.

But, wait, there’s more from this brilliant press conference. “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” visionary Perry went on to say this:

I’ve never seen Jewish people attack Seinfeld and say, ‘This is a stereotype”…I’ve never seen Italian people attack The Sopranos, I’ve never seen Jewish people complaining about Mrs. Doubtfire or Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie.

1. Jewish people don’t attack Seinfeld because Seinfeld wasn’t exploiting any Jewish stereotypes, aside from George’s parents, who were hysterically funny, well-played, well-acted, and part of a groundbreaking television show. And anyway, George’s parents–lest we forget!–were Festivans, not Jews.

Also, thanks to some research a.k.a. typing “Seinfeld Anti-Semitism” into Bing, I found lots of people complaining about Seinfeld and anti-Semitism. I’ll forward them along to your secretary.

2. Italian people attacked The Sopranos non-stop. Quite vocally, in fact. Here are five links that it took Google 0.19 seconds to find:
One. Two. Three. Four. Five.
And here’s a damn lawsuit that was filed by a Chicago-based Italian-American advocacy group.

3. Jewish people complaining about Tootsie or Mrs. Doubtfire? Why would they? Is Perry confusing transvestites and Semites? Is he confusing “Tootsie” with “Eight Crazy Nights”? What is he talking about? Dustin Hoffman used to deny being Jewish, we know, because he thought it would hurt his acting career; but what does this have to do with Tootsie? The fact that he looked like a Jewish woman in drag? I don’t know. I don’t know what Perry is talking about; neither does he. “I don’t remember Ethiopians complaining about Toy Story; I don’t remember Hindus complaining about No Country for Old Men”.

Maybe we saw different versions.

Please, Mr. Perry. Take your hundreds of millions of dollars, continue making your horrible comedies (that do, to be fair, please a large portion of the population), and stop confusing yourself with Cornel West. His hair is bigger than yours, and he owns nicer suits.


Addendum: How damn jealous of Tyler Perry am I? There are very few bloggers who can write about Perry, and make the very obvious jokes about Perry (i.e. he sucks, he is not a good writer, he is not a good actor, etc.), without the absolute purest form of envy and bitterness driving their jokes.

Listen: I hate Donald Glover, too. But I hate him because he is a young, very successful guy, who is a great writer, with great comedic timing, and great comic ideas, and because he has more money than I do and a nicer apartment and he probably drinks better alcohol than I do. Ditto Aziz Ansari. Ditto B.J. Novak. I hate all the young comedians who are more successful than me. Shit, I hate any thing that is more successful than me. Taco Bell? Sucks. Southwest Airlines? Eat it. Pitchfork? Go to hell.

Which brings us back to Tyler Perry. How jealous must he be of Spike Lee? The greatest black director of all time. The director of arguably the greatest black drama of all time. A respected (with qualifications) voice in African-American politics. The lecture circuit with Mr. Cornel West. Appearances at race relations round tables. Honorary degrees. The subject of doctoral theses.

And what of Tyler Perry? None of this. He preaches a different sermon; he chose a different path. An execrable one, as I wrote, and as Spike Lee argues. One paved with riches, sure–but also Spike Lee calling you a moron and an ill for your own community. It must hurt. And it must hurt more that nobody cares.

Tyler Perry on His Critics: Spike Lee Can Go Straight to Hell [Box Office Magazine]

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