|I do not favor and embrace Mr. Perry just because he is Black. Instead, I appreciate him for making me laugh. I
appreciate him for taking time to bring my family to my home each week. I appreciate him for reminding me and others
that none of our family members are flawless, but perfect in the way they love, reach teach and touch us. Although there
are intellectuals in my family, there are a few that I deem insane but their actions can be quite hilarious!
The memories of my relatives – both past and present – are noteworthy to me.
We have had great times and we have had some treacherous struggles. Some of us are loud, emotional and overly
dramatic, but I am sentimental as I reminisce both the easy and hard times with my crazy family members; the people
who made me what I am today. My crazy yet hilarious family members had struggles I do not want to forget as I have
learned from them and I refuse to reject the parts of that insanity as they are a depiction of me. Likewise, the characters
in "The House of Payne" and "Meet the Browns" are reminiscent of my own family. I can relate.
that I hope not be forced to wear in public. I don’t wish to reject the
Curtis Paynes in my family who sometimes declares there is only one
book in the Bible while at the same time, believes there are "just too many
[of them] to read."
I do not wish to reject the Madea in my family either as I would not be
able to look at her reprehensible wig, large size and loud mouth without
laughing and being mindful of a member of my family. (It seems as
though I know her personally.)
Yes, there are Curtis’, Mr. Browns, Madeas and Ella Paynes in my family, as each of my relatives come in all sizes and
shapes. Additionally, there are chefs and many many more in the entire bunch. Some of us make us proud to be related
[to them] while others, well, we just do not comment when asked if we are related. However, they exist and we love
them for who they are and what they have done for us as well as what they have done to help others. The overweight
relatives hug, caress and support us when we are down. And the loud overbearing relatives give us advice and warn us
of danger to come. Do they have to be overweight or loud? Are they too unbecoming for their families to bear? No, as
it is the makeup of our family and we love them for who they are, not for who we wish them to become.
I know the definition of Buffoonery, but admittedly, I was not entirely certain of the meaning of Coonery so I took the
time to search its definition. Coonery is described as:
the embarrassment of the rest of the upstanding Black community.
Yes, some of my family member’s actions are embarrassing, but I am so sure they are no different from my own
ridiculous behavior, nor any else. However, their behavior should not be implied that all Black people behave in the same
manner. Besides, my family comes in a rainbow of colors, and each of them are crazy-insane - not one is exempt.
is a message, but mostly they make us laugh, and we need and enjoy a good
hearty laugh. And as most comediennes admit, regular jokes are not what
makes them the funniest comic, but jokes about themselves is what receives the
most laughs, as real life can be laughable. So, for me, Mr. Perry often makes
films and sitcoms that I can relate and admit that the things we do are stupidity-
funny. I can laugh at my mistakes and learn from them. It is not coonery, but
amusement about our selves. Everyone has problems no matter who they are,
what religion they choose or not choose to practice, what careers they hold or
where they live.
poor people have more problems then others, but they are not immune. It is life
and for me to believe that the Madeas, Paynes and Mr. Browns of the world do
not exist in everyday life and differ from anyone else, is totally canard. Well,
perhaps I am wrong. Uh huh, perhaps in a perfect world.
Mr. Lee, you need to grow up, appreciate and celebrate the talent of another Black man. A man that makes us laugh and
appreciate the parallelism of our roots.
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| Spike Lee vs. Mr. Tyler Perry
|Published Thursday, April 21, 2011
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|Spike, why are you taking up all that real estate in Tyler Perry’s mind? Madea just went the HELL off!
It sounds like Tyler Perry is already on the defensive about his new movie “Madea’s Big Happy Family.” At a press
conference yesterday Tyler Perry expressed his frustration about the criticism he’s received from fellow black director
Spike Lee, saying:
“I’m so sick of hearing about damn Spike Lee,” Perry said Tuesday in Beverly Hills, Calif. “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.’ I am sick of him talking about black people going to see movies. This is what he said: ‘you vote by what
you see,’ as if black people don’t know what they want to see.”
“I am sick of him – he talked about Whoopi, he talked about Oprah, he talked about me, he talked about Clint
Eastwood. Spike needs to shut the hell up!”
Well damn… WTF did you do Spike Lee?
Apparently Perry’s comments were in response to a question posed about a cryptic message to fans he posted on his
website Monday under the heading THEY ARE TRYING TO KILL MADEA!
“I was writing about just people and how hard people work to discourage people from seeing my work,” he said.
“I don’t even understand it [but] this is where the whole Spike Lee [comment] comes from – the negativity, this is
Stepin Fetchit, this is coonery, this is buffoonery, and they try to get people to get on this bandwagon with them,
to get this mob mentality to come against what I’m doing.”
Perry also seems to think that it’s only the black community where people are criticized by their own:
“I’ve never seen Jewish people attack Seinfeld and say “this is a stereotype,” I’ve never seen Italian people
attack The Sopranos, I’ve never seen Jewish people complaining about Mrs. Doubtfire or Dustin Hoffman in
Tootsie. I never saw it. It’s always black people, and this is something that I cannot undo. Booker T. Washington
and W.E.B. DuBois went through the exact same thing; Langston Hughes said that Zora Neale Hurston, the
woman who wrote Their Eyes Were Watching God, was a new version of the ‘darkie’ because she spoke in a
southern dialect and a Southern tone. And I’m sick of it from us; we don’t have to worry about anybody else
trying to destroy us and take shots because we do it to ourselves.”
“So me being frustrated with it, and then they go on to say that people of other ethnic groups or white people
don’t go see my movies, and that’s all a lie. I’m standing on stage looking at thousands of people, thousands of
faces, with every race represented, and I’m tired of it. I’m tired of just laying down, tired of just being nice and
letting them say whatever they want to say however they want to say it without people knowing what the intent
It sounds like Perry is still on the defense about comments Lee made back in 2009:
“Each artist should be allowed to pursue their artistic endeavors, but I still think there is a lot of stuff out today
that is coonery and buffoonery,” he said in ’09. “I know it’s making a lot of money and breaking records, but we
can do better. … I am a huge basketball fan, and when I watch the games on TNT, I see these two ads for these
two shows (Tyler Perry’s ‘Meet the Browns’ and ‘House of Payne’), and I am scratching my head. We got a black
president, and we going back to Mantan Moreland and Sleep ‘n’ Eat?”
Spike did kinda dig in that a*s but we thought that mess was dead. Is Tyler Perry trying to drum up the drama to help
promote his film or does he have a point?
|In response to Tyler Perry’s latest rant, I have to say that I honestly believe in my heart of hearts
that Spike Lee is jealous of Tyler Perry's success and it is sad that we will not support the
achievements of our own Black brothers and sisters. We can and should support them, but we
choose not to. I believe that we wish to disassociate their work and ourselves from them because
we believe we could have done it better. As the youngsters say, “Don’t hate appreciate.”
However, I believe the adage should be, ‘Do not hate but teach and celebrate with each other
while appreciating our work,’ but that is just my opinion.
Mr. Lee should not be envious of Mr. Perry but instead, team up with him, as together the two
of them may be able to remove the conspiracies of Hollywood. They could/SHOULD, give each
other advice and instruct others how movies are made and the strategy of making it in that
business. I enjoyed most of Mr. Lee’s movies, but I could not appreciate "School Daze."
Likewise, I enjoy Mr. Perry’s work as well, but I did not always delight in Mr. Brown’s antics.
However, in my opinion, both Mr. Lee and Mr. Perry are good at what they do, alternatively Mr.
Lee is not good at being vicious towards another talented Black man.
Personally, I think that Mr. Lee lives in an imaginary world, as if he believes that all Black
people have perfect relatives like his and other prominent Black people.
voyagers, educators, photographers, firefighters
and many more who maintain other refined
careers, but within that same family structure,
there is a Madea. Additionally, within our family,
there is a Mr. Brown. Do we appreciate the
Madeas and Mr. Browns? No, not always, but
they exist and most importantly we love them and
they are family. And because they are family,
they are one of us. I guess Mr. Lee’s family
members are just like him. Uh huh, I am so sure
that not one of his family members garbles the
English language, talks loud, fights and/or wears
hideous undistinguished clothing. Uh huh, sure - in
a perfect world. Mr. Lee is above the hoi polloi.