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Tyler Perry defends ‘Madea’ character over Spike Lee criticism

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Actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry has defended his signature “Madea” character over criticism that it taps into demeaning black stereotypes.In 2009, fellow director Spike Lee said Perry’s character, which has appeared in more than ten films, represents “coonery buffoonery.” Perry has defended the origins of the character, claiming “Madea” is inspired and honors black people he grew up around as a child. Previously, Perry responded to Lee’s criticism by telling him to “go to hell.” “There’s a certain part of our society, especially Black people in the culture that…they look down on certain things within the culture,” Perry told Chris Wallace. “For me, I love the movies that I’ve done because they are the people that I grew up with that I represent and they, like, my mother would take me in the projects with her on the weekends, she played cards with these women.”Perry added, “So when someone says, you’re harkening back to a point in our life that we don’t want to talk about or we don’t want the world to see—you’re dismissing the stories of millions and millions of Black people and that’s why I think it’s been so successful because it resonates with a lot of us who know these women.”TYLER PERRY’S LATEST DONATION AIMS TO ‘BRIDGE UNITY’ BETWEEN ATLANTA POLICE AND RESIDENTS
Award-wining director and actor Tyler Perry defended his character “Madea” by claiming she is inspired by black people he grew up with as a child. 
(AP Newsroom)”What is important to me is that I’m honoring the people that came up and taught and made me who I am. Their stories deserve to be told too,” he concluded. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLETTERPerry also noted that during the Harlem Renaissance, black artists and writers, such as Zora Neale Hurston, were criticized for their portrayal of southern black dialects. Last week, Perry’s latest film, “A Jazzman’s Blues,” was released on Netflix, featuring stars Joshua Boone, Amirah Vann, and Solea Pfeiffer. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP



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