"People need to let all that go."
Tyler Perry has brought us countless movies that have both uplifted and amused the black community. He took gospel plays and turned them into box office hits and successful TV shows. His matriarch character, Madea, is super hilarious and a legend in her own right. The character has been starring in his movies since 2005 and is still thriving in the black community.
In 2011, Forbes named him the highest-paid man in entertainment, earning $130 million in 2010 and 2011. But now, the New Orleans native is under fire for hiring an all-white cast for his new TLC series, Tyler Perry’s Too Close to Home.
Tyler Perry’s Too Close to Home aired on Monday on TLC. But before the show even debuted, Perry received numerous amounts of backlash from his black fan base.
“Just saw a commercial for a new Tyler Perry show and the entire cast was white…#what,” tweeted one fan while another says, “My sister is watching the trailer for Tyler Perry’s newest show and she goes ‘Tyler Perry made a white people show?!'”
Tyler was not feeling people coming for him. He quickly responded.
The actor went on the Tom Joyner Morning show and fired back at his haters.
“I’m so sick of folks asking me why I have a show full of white folks. What the hell? Nobody asked Norman Lear why he wrote for Black people all those years. If Donald Trump can pitch to Black folks in an all-white neighborhood, why can’t you watch this show on TLC?! What is going on in this country,” he said.
But that’s not all. He had more to say when cameras came around.
Tyler Responds Again
TMZ caught up with him and got an earful of what he thought about all the criticism he’s received for his upcoming show.
“Are you really asking me about that? That’s so ridiculous, man. People are people. People just need to let — it’s ridiculous. If you write a story about a woman and a man who’s having pain and issues and trying to get over things, it’s the same way for a black person as a white person. People are people man. People need to let all that go,” he told the cameras.
Check out the trailer to his new show, next!