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LA Times: Turner tries to smooth things over with Tyler Perry over ‘Boondocks’ parody

6a00d8341c630a53ef0134851edea2970c-500wiAlthough Tyler Perry has not said a word publicly, insiders are saying he was might upset by the “Boondocks” parody of him that aired June 20 on Turner Entertainment’s Adult Swim network. Making it more awkward: he works closely with TBS on “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” and “Meet the Browns.”

Aaron McGruder, the creator of the “Boondocks,” created a thinly disguised Perry-like character named Winston Jerome (apparently, the original name was too close to Perry so execs insisted he change it.) In the episode, Jerome, who dresses up like Madea in his plays, used religion to cover up the fact he is gay.

The Los Angeles Times, using unnamed sources, got some inside scoop on Perry’s reaction:

Soon after the episode aired, Perry got in touch with executives at Turner including entertainment chief Steve Koonin and Phil Kent, the chief executive of Turner Broadcasting. Perry complained loudly about the episode and even threatened to rethink his relationship with the company, people familiar with the situation said. A spokesman for Perry declined to comment.

Ken Sunshine, a Perry spokesman, declined to me, too.

Tim DeClaire, a spokemsan for Adult Swim, declined comment as well about whether the network plans to air that “Boondocks” again.

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Ron Mexico

July 1st, 2010
11:19 am

Who cares about Madea, does anybody even watch those crappy shows anyway? Thought what the Boondocks did was funny, oh and don’t we have freedom of speech here anyways. If someone wants to make fun of a public figure, there is no law saying they cannot. Get a clue.

Michael

July 1st, 2010
11:21 am

Geez, why give McGruder the satisfaction?

The Boondocks come across more than a soapbox tirade than a genuinely funny, entertaining show.

LeStat

July 1st, 2010
11:24 am

Tyler Perry is a gay man. It’s well known in the ATL gay community.

Hindu Elvis Pimp

July 1st, 2010
11:27 am

What a wuss…..He doesn’t like it when the satire is directed his way? Wuss. You’re a millionaire and entertainment power broker. You should not get upset about this. You just knocked yourself down to Sarah Palin levels. The quality of his shows and movies make him a candidate for ridicule. They are demeaning and stereotypical to blacks.

Lashay

July 1st, 2010
11:31 am

Saw the episode, much respect to Tyler for working his way out of a troubled background. I think Perry has just as much right to defend himself and personal beliefs as McGrueder does to take jabs at it. With his money, influence, and connects, I’d think he could create some creative comebacks. That’s true freedom of speech. Think about it!

lou

July 1st, 2010
11:39 am

koonin and kent pull a lot of weight at turner.. i wonder if they just told him to shut up and to count his money

Who Give's a Sh*t?

July 1st, 2010
11:40 am

All these shows suck anyway so what up with all the hype? How many people actually watch TP or the Boondocks? Not as many compared to who listens to Sarah Palin I assure you of that there.

John Allen

July 1st, 2010
11:40 am

Everything’s out in the open……No Homo!

sad

July 1st, 2010
11:41 am

It’s comedy damn it! Aaron spoofs EVERYONE.. I guess it’s only funny when it’s about someone else… WHATEVER! If Tyler is so sensitive then maybe it’s because the story hits too close to home… *blank face*… well.. maybe? and I LOVE his movies (not all of them)… but I wonder about his sexuality too..

LVDavis

July 1st, 2010
11:43 am

Tyler Perry is gay?

Sonny Lied!

July 1st, 2010
11:44 am

The fact that Perry is getting so upset about something AM does to dozens of other celebrities should indicate something . If AM didn’t hit close enough to the target, Perry might have just brushed it off. We all know about the stigma gay black men have to live with in their communities. It’s the reason the AIDS population is so high in the black community.

cgatlanta

July 1st, 2010
11:46 am

Tyler Perry is not gay?

LVDavis

July 1st, 2010
11:47 am

I agree with you (Hindu Elvis Pimp) . . . a few of his movies has a message but for the Madea stuff he portrays her as a woman that solves problems by using a firearm and using abusive language as a way to communicate. He portrays a black woman in the most demeaning way. Bad influence on the younger generation . . . and the us as a people of color(s).

bigred

July 1st, 2010
11:51 am

Tell MRS PERRY SHE just needs to get over herself!Any media mogul that does not become a target then complains that no one is paying them any attention!
Right on with your comments sad! If the shoe be fittin….

ms boobear

July 1st, 2010
11:51 am

I have never heard Tyler Perry say out of his mouth that he’s gay! The problem is we always want to assume something about people we don’t even know, just think if the shoe were on the other foot how would we react!!! Just because you come from the background that Tyler Perry comes from does not make you gay and neither does playing a woman in a play or movie………. Several men have played a woman on TV and on the big screen and their not gay. I think we should all focus on the man in the mirror!!!!!!!!!

stuart

July 1st, 2010
11:51 am

“The lady doth protest too much”….as Shakespeare would have said.

cjamesatl

July 1st, 2010
11:54 am

Good grief. Here we go again with the ‘gay’ crap. Who cares? If you’re gay, just be gay and shutup about it. If you’re straight, admit to yourself that some people are gay and get over it!

Mike

July 1st, 2010
11:54 am

Tyler Perry is living in a world of fantasy if he really believes the public accepts his posturing as a heterosexual male. He is a 40-something year old man who dresses in drag, has no marital history or known prefame girlfriends, no children, he’s a multimillionaire, and he lives in Atlanta with all of those attributes. Further, he is quite effeminate. Those things veritably scream gay. And there’s nothing wrong with hat. The problem is Perry clearly is not being honest with himself and the whole world knows it.

How long did he think he could perpetrate the I’m-so-holy-but-I-dress-in-drag thing before people began to publicly discuss his sexual orientation? At the end of the day, he’s still got support and he’s making millions BUT he needs to do a little soul-searching and find the courage and honesty to face the truth. The rumors and innuendo aren’t going to disappear. You can’t hide in a closet when the doors and walls are exposed!

Watched it

July 1st, 2010
11:54 am

I thought the Rocky Horror section was pretty funny!

Jim

July 1st, 2010
11:56 am

Oh I see how it is, when “House of Payne” makes fun of white people no one says anything, but turn it the other way around black people scream RACISTS!!!!!

Tyler like mens

July 1st, 2010
11:57 am

TO cgatlanta,

I hope you’re kidding. It is well-known in the gay community that Tyler likes the mens’. He once had a crush on my trainer and used to invite him back to his hottub. He said it was to heal their muscles but I’m sure he it was to use his muscle. Whatever Tyler chooses to do is fine but please girl, he gay. T

NYTN

July 1st, 2010
11:58 am

Only a sissy would respond the way Tyler apparently has. A true playa wouldn’t even have sweated this nonsense…

TylerFan

July 1st, 2010
11:59 am

Ms. Boobear, I don’t think that is why people are calling Tyler Perry gay. It is his whole demeanor. The way he talks, acts, and walks…it screams GAY. But I support and love his shows.

CW

July 1st, 2010
12:00 pm

Come out the closet Tyler!

Barbara

July 1st, 2010
12:01 pm

I thought the episode was hilarious! “Boondocks” holds no punches with ANY subject. It is no different from the humor used with South Park and Family Guy. Good entertainment—-that’s it—ENTERTAINMENT :-)

LVDavis

July 1st, 2010
12:02 pm

Whatever sexual persuasion that he is, I hope that he is practicing safe sexual behaviors. Oops!

Marcos

July 1st, 2010
12:02 pm

Are you suggesting that we all focus on Michael Jackson Ms. Boobear?

Bluto

July 1st, 2010
12:05 pm

Meh. Turner has got what they wanted from him, it is a matter of time before his shows start to decline. If he is going to be a big baby and cry when someone makes fun of him, let him take his shows somewhere else. Boondocks like South Park takes shots at EVERYONE. If they are taking shots at you, you are either making a lot of money, of acting like a jerk. Either way you are moving the meter so just smile and say nothing. I am sure there are plenty of washed up actors who wish Boondocks was making fun of them.

Only sane person here

July 1st, 2010
12:08 pm

Tyler is probably gay. Quit doing the stereotypes Tyler. The why did we get married films are good. Some parts of his other movies are good. All of the Madea stuff is horrible.

End of story. Let’s move on.

Mrs. Daniel

July 1st, 2010
12:10 pm

I like Tyler’s work and have been to all of his plays and enjoy watching his sitcoms. I don’t care if he is gay or not that has nothing to do with who he is as a person nor whether or not I go to his plays or watch his sitcom. I prefer to watch him over all the reality shows on tv. Keep up the good work Tyler Perry and don’t let that ruin your spirit.

Frank

July 1st, 2010
12:11 pm

Who Cares is right !!! Why does every new sitcon on TBS have to be a black sitcom… Who watches anyway ???

WTF

July 1st, 2010
12:11 pm

Get a life Tyler Perry. It’s called humor and if you can’t handle someone making fun of you than get into another line of work. Why is everyone so sensitive?

LVDavis

July 1st, 2010
12:11 pm

I co-sign you Only sane person here

WTF

July 1st, 2010
12:12 pm

We’re talking about a small tv show with a limited aduience and someone who has built an empire is crying b/c they made fun of him. Truly sad.

ACE

July 1st, 2010
12:12 pm

The reason he can’t come out of the closet is that all of his fans are the church going black community, and they wouldn’t support him if he came out.

cgatlanta

July 1st, 2010
12:12 pm

@ Tyler likes the mens

The question mark at the end of my statement makes it a question.

So, in other words, you’re preaching to the choir. I’m not gay, but my gaydar is legendary.

And, I slept at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

Ted

July 1st, 2010
12:13 pm

Whatever Tyler’s sexual orientation is that’s his business and no one likes to me made fun of; especially on a national level. Remeber how it felt on the school yard? Multiply that by a million times and that’s what it must feel like.

Notreally

July 1st, 2010
12:14 pm

Tyler Perry is making a big deal out of nothing. Its just McGruders way of sharing his ART with the world and that’s all it is! We all know Tyler Perry isn’t gay right? He’s just a brilliant man. LOL. I tell ya, once some of us get paid, we get all sensitive and stuff. If he’s going to make a millions off of stereotyping black women then he should have sense of humor when the jokes on him!

MzMiller

July 1st, 2010
12:14 pm

After reading everyone’s comments, I think MIKE, said it best.
I normally don’t even watch the boondocks, but after the so call media uproar and blogging about T. Perry in the epsisode, it only enticed me to download the show and watch it. I found it funny and entertaining.

I’ve always questioned Perry and his writings. I’m not a huge fan of his but I do have “some” respect for his work.

ATLPeach

July 1st, 2010
12:15 pm

For those that ask “who watches Tyler Perry movies?” let me tell you, LOTS OF PEOPLE DO, THAT’S WHY HE’S NEARLY A BILLIONAIRE!! If you haven’t seen any of his movies, don’t judge. I was surprised when I watched one and immediately became a fan. He has some wonderful movies out, that’s why he’s so dang rich. Madea can be hilarious too!

Tyler can defend himself if he chooses. Personally I think he should just move on. I don’t care if he’s straight or gay, he’s funny and I think he has a great heart.

Kassie

July 1st, 2010
12:16 pm

Tyler Perry’s television shows are nothing but coonin’ and bafoonin’, so why is he upset that someone did a parody about him? I have friends who get upset when I say I don’t like his shows and are ready to fight! Why? Is that how you see yourself? Well I don’t. If he is gay, so what….It doesn’t change how I feel about him. His movies are o.k., but the “Mr. Brown” character has got to go!!!! “A hit dog will holla”…something “Madea” would probably say! LMAO!

jay

July 1st, 2010
12:22 pm

The Boondocks is satire-based comedy. They make fun of EVERYBODY on that show. It was just a matter of time before they got around to Tyler Perry. If he’s going as far as calling executives at Turner instead of LHAO, then he’s being alittle soft to say the least.

Iceman

July 1st, 2010
12:27 pm

Tyler, lets be real with yourself and the fans! Your female emotional outbursts are legendary and the 21st century is not the place to remain in the closet. Lets look at the Media/Madia characters for a quick minute.
1. They depict the matriarchs of the Black Family as a cigarette smoking, pistol packing, curse like a sailor degenerate(this is what white america and the world see and hear)
2. She is shown as a supposedly “Good Christian Woman” that provides wise counsel for young black girls and women
3. There is the gospel music that tends to lead the audience away from the garbage makeup of Madea and the rest of the cast.

The plays really have nothing to do with ministering to the people but more about how religious satire and comedy can be integrated to form a style of entertainment that catapults the author into a man made success story that bolsters the same old tire story “I had a bad upbringing by a loving momma and my daddy was a drunk and abusive to me.”

WAS DAD HARSH ON YOU BECAUSE HE SAW THE FEMALE TRAITS AND ATTRIBUTES BUT MOMMA COVERED FOR YOU WHICH LED TO THEIR MARRIAGE BEING TUMULTUOUS FOR LACK OF BETTER WORDS??

Singinchicken

July 1st, 2010
12:33 pm

He’s just mad because it wasn’t called “Tyler Perry’s Boondocks”!

SHIP

July 1st, 2010
12:41 pm

Who is Tyler Perry? And Why does he want me to Neet the Browns?

Gina

July 1st, 2010
12:41 pm

@ Ron Mexico – If you think that they are so crappy, well, that means at least one person has seen them. Plus this isn’t just an issue of freedom of speech for the creator of the Boondocks, but an issue of defamation of character for Perry, which he also has a right to defend. Maybe you need a clue as well.

Chocomega

July 1st, 2010
12:42 pm

As my grandma told me as a child “A hit dog will holler”. So by Tyler throwing a hissy fit, this means that Aaron spoke truth about in his satire of Tyler Perry and his work.

Personally I saw the show and couldn’t stop laughing. I know people who have worked and currently work with Tyler or “Mr. Perry” as he instructs you to call him at the studio and they said it was dead on.

And for the record, whether or not you care, Tyler Perry is very gay and anyone who believes otherwise is very naive!

no evil

July 1st, 2010
12:42 pm

when he pass gas,you can’t hear nothing.man what a hole

DALLAS Allbritton

July 1st, 2010
12:45 pm

@ Mr. Mexico…… hahahaha. R U kidding or do you just not get it,. YES, people watch and follow TP.
I saw the episode and wondered how Tyler would react. As sick as Boondocks is I watch it because it is sooooo crast however I can see how Tyler may not like being portrayed as the show did HOWEVER I would be really pissed (if I were him) at not being told in advance that they were going to do what they did. THAT WAS TACTLESS

CJ

July 1st, 2010
12:47 pm

Tyler! You are protesting too much. You are hollering like a hit dog. Let it go and let people think what they want. They have already formed their opinion of you and nothing will change that, unless you give them good reason to. Just keep your sexual life, gay or straight on the low and remember that sissies can be vicious, as well as a woman scorned. Trust few people. Cameras are everywhere and the finest of the finest may be a trick. Be safe!