Tyler Perry’s body of work is a bonafide showcase of coonery. Even his more serious pieces (“For Colored Girls”, the “Why Did I Get Married” joints, etc.) do their fair share in portraying the disfunction of black male/black female relationships. That is my official position. I’m not likely to deviate from that stance anytime soon, so don’t waste your time trying to convert me. However, Tyler Perry is not – I repeat – NOT responsible for any of the following:
- The continuously spreading pandemic of HIV/AIDS
- The proliferating (yet often ignored) existence of mental illness
- Staggering unemployment numbers
- The destruction of the family
- Individual and/or institutional racism
- Alarming crime statistics, both locally and nationwide
- Drug peddling and usage
- Police brutality
- This nation’s Prison-Industrial Complex
- Fox News and the wave of oppressive conservatism sweeping across this country
- BET, rap music, and the litany of other ghetto dictatorships
- Inept “leadership” coming from black politicians, ministers, and other greedy, morally objectionable personalities.
For all the evilness that Tyler Perry’s work represents, it ain’t nothing like any of the above.