Tyler Perry, is known for creating opportunities for black actors. Recently the African-American filmmaker encountered a lot of backlash for assembling an all-white starring cast for the TLC drama series “Too Close to Home.” Tyler Perry has decided to address criticism regarding his predominantly white TLC drama series. A day after the show’s premiere in August, Perry referred to criticism over the show’s casting as “ridiculous.” This time, however, Tyler’s choice of words seemed to be rubbing his critics the wrong way. Perry rejects the criticism, which has occurred much through social media. Some questioned his casting choices, with one calling the show an “all time low” for the producer when the series aired this year.
In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Tyler refers to criticism over Too Close to Home as “Reverse Racism.”
Via The Associated Press:
“That’s totally reverse racism, because it was coming from African-American people,” said Perry, speaking with The Associated Press in his office at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.
“I don’t know if it was because they thought I should only be giving jobs to black people. Well, I think that’s ridiculous. If you look at the hundreds of black people I’ve given jobs to and even the ones I’ve made millionaires, people of color, I just think it’s unfair.”
These days, the 47-year-old Perry is more color-blind than ever. He said his years traveling the globe and interacting with people of varying cultures while working his ventures including his “Madea” stage play production tours have helped him see things through a different lens.
“I’m just finding out more as I travel the country and world, the more I meet people, we’re all the same,” Tyler Perry said. “We all got the same dramas. So I’m not seeing color as much as I did anymore in the sense of our stories. Our stories are so similar.”
Tyler’s declaration has caused quite the stir on social media. How do you feel about the show? It’s definitely got to be difficult for a Black Director in film to please everybody. If the show had been an ‘All Black’ cast then the same critics would have surfaced accusing him of being a racist. Diversity is needed in every film and we can’t satisfy everyone. Tyler Perry should simply just continue to do what he does best, create excellent movies & shows.