You know I’m looking at Tyler Perry “Meet the Browns” I really don’t know any sober black people like Mr. Brown. I’ve long been a critic of Perry’s dabbling in minstrel stereo types to propel plots and and enhance story lines.
This brings me to my discontent with his recent production of For Colored Girls,” which I feel has left a huge proportion of black men misrepresented again.
Let’s do the run. The black men in the film portrayed a rapist, a thief, an abuser who murdered his own kids, a pimp, and a brother on the down low. Now, Hill Harper shined as the positive denominator, but he was the only glimmer of salvation in the atrocious reality that speaks to the experience of the black woman in America in this film.
This is dangerous and you only need trade races for a moment to grasp it.
Those outside the Black community watching this film has to come away with the impression that most black women are well-balanced, fair and emotionally dealing with men who aren’t worthy. They also probably conclude that a small percentage of black men have the capacity to do good things, but that most of them are thieves , liars, and cheats. To be real I don’t see how they cannot come away thinking most black men are true representatives of the stereotypes they’re worked so hard over the decades to terminate.
Now I’m not by any means hating on Perry. The man is talented. His ability to pull off a veiled abomination of his own fraternity gender time and time again and get paid for it validates his talent. For those that feel I’m unduly harsh, date 6 ft man in a wig and momma dress with balloons for breast and come back and share the experience.
Perhaps Perry needs to level the theatrics. A sequel titled, “For Colored Men”. would be an amicable offering.
In the film, highlighted would be the huge percentage of black men who do the right things and end up being demonized for not doing the right thing in the right way. We’d see the man who doesn’t entertain marriage for considerate sincere reasons, however is coerced by a woman, a culture that forces men to embark on endeavors the coercers themselves aren’t good at. And he’d have to portray the gay black men who go to a church that has no answer for his situation. Then there is the black man that gave up the opportunities of further education and job advancement to become a young father unknowing the sacrifices would leave him ill equipped to financially and emotionally deliver on his intent. Resulting in frustration and a label damning to his integrity, one of inadequate, deadbeat, sorry, often times by his own woman.
While he’s at it maybe he would really want to show us how talented he is by delivering a story dealing with the labels that have become somewhat barriers between black men and women. The independent woman , educated black man and all the like. Come on Tyler if you’re going to tell stories tell them all.
I’d wager a dime to a doughnut that the conclusion of films with the overtones of “For Colored Girls Only” black women depart with more animosity and detestation toward black men than they harbored before the opening credits of the film hit the screen.
When one starts telling stories of any genre, there are always two sides. And Perry has the annoying habit of being vaguely one dimensional. But then it’s a business isn’t it?
Like the mega churches, look at the demographics of his audience, and it’s all crystal clear. He has to play to the ticket buyers. That being the case, give the ticket buyers solutions , give them some value for their investment, as opposed to a few hours of glossed over propaganda.
I love Tyler Perry, and am not challenging his talent , instead I am questioning his intentions.