Saturday, April 23, 2011

Tyler Perry & Spike Lee need to cut the bull!@#$

Here's a recent quote from Tyler Perry concerning Spike Lee's criticism of his films.

“I’m so sick of hearing about damn Spike Lee,” Perry said, according to reports. “Spike can go straight to hell! You can print that. I am sick of him talking about me, I am sick of him saying, ‘This is a coon, this is a buffoon.’”

Right off the top I'm going to say that Tyler Perry and Spike Lee need to cut the bull!@#$ and stop publicly feuding.

I write this right before I am dragged kicking and screaming top see Tyler Perry's latest movie, Madea's Big Happy Family. I simply don't enjoy Mr. Perry's movies and cringe every time I see a black man in a dress.

That being said there is a place for his movies.

My wife and daughter have told me to get the stick out of my a@@ and realize that sometimes people just need to laugh and have a good time. Every movie featuring black actors doesn't have to be serious all the time.

And everyone must admit that Tyler Perry's knack for making money in a industry dominated by people that don't look like him is spectacular. You can hate on his movies but you can't hate on his work ethic.

Tyler with all the money and success you have don't stress yourself over what Spike says. His movies will never gross the way yours do.

And Spike come on now why are you criticizing Tyler? You have a movie in that was put in the American Film Institutes's top 100 movies list. Do The Right Thing is a classic and a great AMERICAN movie and you are stressing over a Tyler Perry movie?

Your documentary "When the Levees Broke" won three Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award. and an NAACP Image Award. Tyler Perry can only hope to match that type of artistic success.

That leads me to this questions. Why are you brothas arguing instead of working together?

Maybe Tyler could show Spike how to appeal to a wider audience and Spike could show Tyler how to become a better film maker.

What you are two are doing right now is embarrassing and falls into that" There can be only one" trap. There's room for everyone. Hell, even rappers have come to know this why don't you two?

Come on black men squash this s!@@# and work together. You are both better than that.

George Cook Author of the Kindle book Let's Talk Honestly: One Black Man's Thoughts $1.50

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