Tyler Perry Addresses Criticism for Wearing Dresses as Madea Character

by Jeremy Spirogis
Tyler Perry in an interview in January 2020

Tyler Perry started his profession as an actor and author within the early ’90s when he began placing on performs in Atlanta. But his rise to fame really got here when he created and took on the position of Madea, a gun-toting, no-nonsense-having grandma with a smooth spot for her household.

Madea was launched to nationwide audiences in 2005’s The Diary of a Mad Black Woman and has since appeared in additional than a dozen movies. Although she is a fan favourite, critics have lengthy taken intention at Perry over the position, arguing that he fuels the concept that Black males have to put on clothes to achieve success.

Perry spoke out about this criticism in a current interview, which we’ve summarized beneath.

Tyler Perry in an interview in January 2020
Tyler Perry in an interview in January 2020 | Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

Tyler Perry weighs in on the criticism he’s acquired for his Madea position

Perry opened up in a March 20 look on T.I.’s ExpediTIously podcast. Kicking off the dialog, T.I. requested Perry to weigh in on claims made by Dave Chappelle and different trade figures that Black males typically should don a costume to realize success.

“Chappelle is one of the most brilliant people I have ever seen in my life. Not just in comedy but the man is smart. A heavy, brilliant thinker. So, if that’s the case in Hollywood, then that’s the case. But that’s not my case,” Perry mentioned across the 20:00 mark earlier than declaring that it was completely his determination to put on a costume.

“Nobody owned that dress but me,” he continued. “A $2 billion franchise, nobody told me to put it on, nobody makes me put it on. It was all on stage. Black man owned the whole show, it was my choice.”

“So when I got to Hollywood and wanted to do ‘Diary of A Mad Black Woman’, it was my choice. And 19 movies since then, it’s been my choice,” Perry added.

More of Tyler Perry’s interview with T.I.

Perry went on to inform T.I. that it’s not a extremely huge deal; it’s only a costume to him.

“I’m not a man that enjoys wearing a dress. For me, as an actor, it’s a costume. If somebody goes to Walmart to work, they put on their uniform. For me, that’s putting on a uniform, going out making people laugh, lifting them up, encouraging them … Some people might not like the way the message got there, but for me, it’s important that the message landed and helped somebody.”

When T.I. requested Perry to think about the opportunity of an agenda to emasculate black males, Perry doubled down on his place.

“I’m acting,” he declared.

But for what it’s price, Perry introduced in October 2018 that he deliberate on retiring Madea, citing his rising age. So critics gained’t be seeing her a lot anyhow.

Tyler Perry has confronted quite a lot of criticism in current months

Aside from the aforementioned backlash, Perry has discovered himself within the heart of many controversies in current months.

He confronted criticism in January after revealing that he’s the only real author of a lot of his reveals — and once more the identical month following the discharge of his Netflix movie A Fall from Grace, which has quite a lot of enhancing errors.

But Perry has taken the negativity in stride and has continued to do his personal factor. Read extra about him right here.

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