With the second season of his latest TV success, Too Close to Home, about to premiere, Hollywood writer, director and producer, Tyler Perry, is surprised at recent criticism calling him racist.
Known for giving opportunities to countless black performers, Perry is a self-made African-American legend and inspirational success story, hailing from a poverty-stricken youth in New Orleans.
Perry’s latest show offering is about a Washington DC-based politician who returns home to a trailer park after she is engulfed in scandal. Based on Perry’s own upbringing in a trailer park community in Louisiana, the show has elicited criticism from the African-American community for its all-white cast.
Says Perry, “That’s totally reverse racism because it was coming from African-American people.
“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.”
Perry goes on to say that after traveling the world, he just doesn’t see colour anymore.
“I’m just finding out more as I travel the country and the world, the more I meet people, we’re all the same,” Perry told Associated Press. “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.”
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