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Comedy Central’s ‘South Park’ skewers Tyler Perry

Jimmy gives Tyler Perry a Kathy Griffin Award on the May 4 episode of "South Park" CREDIT: Comedy Central

Jimmy gives Tyler Perry a Kathy Griffin Award on the May 4 episode of "South Park" CREDIT: Comedy Central

Tyler Perry last year got angry when the Adult Swim animated series “The Boondocks” made fun of him, partly because he has a working relationship with sister station TBS.

The Atlanta media mogul gets a somewhat gentler skewering on  last night’s “South Park,” the 14-year-old Comedy Central animated series.

[SPOILER ALERT if you still want to see the episode and not be surprised]

In the episode, Jimmy decides to host a Comedy Awards (much like Comedy Central itself)  in which he gave out a Kathy Griffin award. “It will be given to the person who is most likely to show up to receive their Kathy Griffin award,” Jimmy explained. “Tyler Perry!”

Perry pops up, all excited. “I want to thank you all for this amazing award or as Madea might say, ‘Hallelujerrr.” A black student (known as Token Black) in the audience chuckles and then says, “Oh, God! How embarrassing!”

Later, Perry, dressed as Madea, hangs out at the school, partly because Token Black keeps paying him. At the Comedy Awards, Jimmy also awards Germans as the least funny in the world. Angry, the Germans show up at South Park Elementary and unveil a robot who makes jokes called FunnyBot. It becomes so popular, it usurps the jobs of all comedians, drawing the ire of the likes of Jay Leno and Adam Sandler.

At the end, FunnyBot thinks the funniest joke would be to kill off all human beings. As he’s about to blow up the world, Jimmy decides to ask the FunnyBot a paradox (a la “Star Trek”) finds illogical. “If I accept this, it means I take comedy seriously. If I take comedy seriously, I am not a comedian. Non sequitur!”

Then there’s the punchline at the end. At first, you think Funnybot is being buried and cemented into the ground. But no. It’s Perry! “I am pleased to announce the greatest threat to mankind is gone forever,” an animated Pres. Barack Obama solemnly declares (in an homage to the Osama bin Laden news). “Justice has been done.”

You can watch the episode here.

The “Boondocks” portrayal last year was a thinly veiled fictional rendition of Perry,who was played as a closeted, cross-dressing cult leader. The episode was never aired again after Perry complained.

Perry does not work directly with Viacom, which owns Comedy Central.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

78 comments Add your comment

Chi Town

May 5th, 2011
1:29 pm

Bryan G.

May 5th, 2011
1:33 pm

Seriously…Tyler Perry is freaking awful. Isn’t he just re-making the Earnest movies with black people?

Al Gusta

May 5th, 2011
1:44 pm

Yes, Tyler Perry is racist. Have you seen the way he portrays Black People? It’s so disgusting. Keep perpetuating black stereotypes. Ignorance on a Greed level is evil.

Tyler Perry sucks!

Al Gusta

May 5th, 2011
1:46 pm

Rodney:

You could have put a Spoiler Alert at the top. Some people haven’t watched it and the robot has nothing to do with Tyler Perry.

jason

May 5th, 2011
1:47 pm

I watched the episode last night, I thought it was hilarious. Tyler Perry SUCKS. South Park got it right. Only black people find him funny mainly because hes black. ALL of his movies have the same idea and its way over played….

George W

May 5th, 2011
1:49 pm

Agreed….Tyler Perry is a racist just like most black celebrities. His comedy is played out. The sad thing is that South Park is honestly correct about most of its satires.

Sub

May 5th, 2011
1:52 pm

The Southpark was pretty hilarious. I am so sick and tired of ‘Meet The Browns’ taking up Wednesday evenings on TBS. The show is pretty stupid, and the guy just won’t go away. I know he is from Atlanta or whatever, but he is far from creative and is pretty annoying with his characters.

reader

May 5th, 2011
1:54 pm

Dude the paradox reference was obviously from Star Trek episode I Mudd. Wargames was Tic Tac Toe in which noobdy wins.

South Park rocks!

May 5th, 2011
1:54 pm

The episode was hysterical and spot on. Tyler Perry SHOULD be cemented into the ground … never to be heard from again until he agrees to NEVER make another AWFUL movie or TV show. His work is a direct contribution to the ever-increasing STUPIDITY of America. And just in case you decide to label me a racist … I have the same feelings about Adam Sandler’s work.

T. Perry

May 5th, 2011
1:57 pm

Tyler Perry is just giving black people what they apparently want.

reader

May 5th, 2011
2:00 pm

No better yet episode The Changeling in which Kirk fries Nomad’s brain.
NOMAD: I am perfect. I am Nomad.
KIRK: No, you’re not Nomad. You’re an alien machine. Your programming tapes have been altered.
NOMAD: You are in error. You are a biological unit. You are imperfect.
KIRK: But I am your creator.
NOMAD: You are the Creator.
KIRK: I created you?
NOMAD: You are the Creator.
KIRK: But I admit I’m imperfect. How could I have created such a perfect thing as you?
NOMAD: Answer unknown. I shall analyse.

Tyler perry is on top

May 5th, 2011
2:04 pm

GIve me a break…there are all kinds of black people just as their are all kinds of white people….its the racists that choose to stereotype. Tylers movies are hilarious and as long as white people can make movies with a vast range of people i,e, dude where’s my car, any jack black movie, any adam sandler movie,.,,,then you can leave Tyler Perry the hell alone…..as Tyler perry sits back in his mansior sipping n Perrier…..you hate it don’t ya LOL

reader

May 5th, 2011
2:05 pm

or was I rigfht the first time??

MUDD: I lied.
NORMAN: What?
KIRK: He lied. Everything Harry tells you is a lie. Remember that. Everything Harry tells you is a lie.
MUDD: Listen to this carefully, Norman. I am lying.
NORMAN: You say you are lying, but if everything you say is a lie then you are telling the truth, but you cannot tell the truth because everything you say is a lie. You lie. You tell the truth. But you cannot for. Illogical! Illogical! Please explain.
(Smoke comes out of Norman’s head.)
NORMAN: You are human. Only humans can explain their behaviour. Please explain.
KIRK: I am not programmed to respond in that area.
(Norman goes blank.)

Tyler perry is on top

May 5th, 2011
2:06 pm

You’re right T Perry…maybe if white directors and producers start putting black folks in their movies they can see some of the millions Tyler is seeing. And not damn driving ms daisy :)

reader

May 5th, 2011
2:10 pm

oh yea this is Atlanta everything is about race. same old story going on since the 1800s. boring

GUNGA DIN

May 5th, 2011
2:26 pm

what’s the difference between Tyler Perry movies and Amos n Andy? both make fun of black stereotypes, yet we can’t see Amos n Andy because it was white people running that show.

Lashaunda

May 5th, 2011
2:39 pm

Ya’ll just a bunch of bustas who angry cause a balck man is successful and portrays African AMericas as strong and independent.

Black man kills Osama and ya’ll hate on him saying Bush did it!

Whatever.........

May 5th, 2011
2:56 pm

@ Lashaunda. It is obvious how well you are educated. You cannot even spell the word black right. And by the way, how do you know a black man killed Osama? Were you on the raid?

reader

May 5th, 2011
3:02 pm

You go Rodney you changed the blog to Star Trek. I actaully made a difference.

D-skee

May 5th, 2011
3:02 pm

Anytime you make generalizations like “Black people love tyler perry” or “he is giving black people what they want” you are wrong. I am black and I don’t know any black people that really like his movies except old black women. I’m not a hater though so I hope his success continues. If I don’t like it I don’t watch it no need to pray for someone else’s downfall.

PS – There are not alot of all-black (writing, production, cast) movies so there aren’t alot of options for us to support.

Whatever.........

May 5th, 2011
3:05 pm

Tyler Perry, don’t watch him. Haven’t watched TBS since it switched channels on my line up. And I Only watch PeachTree TV when the Braves are on it. Every other show on these channels are just commercials to me…………….

Unknown Hinson

May 5th, 2011
3:08 pm

Uh, it’s comedy and Southpark makes fun of everyone. I think it was hilarious for the sake of comedy. Honestly I’ve never seen anything Tyler Perry has been in or created but racism has nothing to do with this article or Southpark episode.

reader

May 5th, 2011
3:18 pm

Yes these people arent funny or they would have laughed at the Star Trek references. Atlantans are obsessed with racial issues. Never seen anything like it.

Alesia

May 5th, 2011
3:23 pm

South Park gets everyone worth mentioning. Perry has made it for real. You might not like him, but you know him well enough to get the reference. Hate him or love him the underdog’s on top. And what was so incredibly funny about the episode (so funny I almost tinkled a little) was when “Token” laughed and then begged for forgiveness. It’s still not alright to be black in America. This is classic Web Du Bois dualism for black America. We need white approval just to laugh at comedy!! It’s comedy it’s not suppose to be taken all the way serious. If you are using Tyler Perry as your encyclopedia to all things black then you are are ignorant as you try to say he is. There are many different representations of black men and women in America. Hello – President Obama, First Lady Michelle. Tyler Perry/ Madea is funny (to me at least). It’s ok to laugh black people.

Lashaunda

May 5th, 2011
3:26 pm

Whatever….a Black man did kill Osana…his name was OBAMA

LO

May 5th, 2011
3:35 pm

I know lot’s of black people , including myself that do not like Tyler Perry movies.

Sub

May 5th, 2011
3:36 pm

Lashaunda,

You give black people a great name with the type of person you portray. I’m sure they are proud when such an educated woman that can’t type simple English gets on and starts ranting and raving about black people. The white man is not holding you down, it’s the black people holding their selves down. The black community prefers to work towards the fast money (drugs, prostitution, robbing, etc.) than actually getting an education. You can fight that point all you want, but look at the statistics and even look on TV. You only see black thug gangsters on The First 48, Cops, etc. Professional athletes are making millions and hundreds of millions of dollars, they aren’t being held down. So what’s your excuse to that one. Tyler Perry is only popular because he is a black man, just like Obama. The black community is so quick to label someone a racist, that society today is forced to think it’s cool to be black. He was the “popular” choice on MTV and in Hollywood, but he hasn’t accomplished anything. Just go ahead with your short sided views, because just by your blogging, I can tell you aren’t capable of thinking too deep or rationally.

Timbo

May 5th, 2011
3:37 pm

WOW. Typical venom and hatred from the envious (and most likely broke) masses. I’m pretty sure T. Perry could care less about this petty criticism as he waltzes into the bank to make yet another multi-million dollar deposit. Oh yeah, how’s that job at McDonald’s coming along….hahahahahah (in my Tyler Perry voice)….

Sub

May 5th, 2011
3:39 pm

Timbo,

It doesn’t matter if all of us are broke, or if all of us have billions, an opinion is an opinion. Get upset all you want and try to size the man up by his wallet, but it still won’t change the ideas in people’s mind.

Lashaunda

May 5th, 2011
3:40 pm

Black people need help from the govt cause we worked so hard for hundred of years we deserve a break. My paper real good with Barrack in charge!

Whatever.........

May 5th, 2011
3:41 pm

Hey Sub, watch this……Hey Lashaunda, so you are telling everyone that OBAMA is a Navy Seal? I thought he was the President of the United States. From what I have seen, OBAMA watched Osama (correct spelling)get killed by a Navy Seal Team Six member. So who actually killed Osama?

James

May 5th, 2011
3:42 pm

After reading all of the comments here my conclusion is that Tyler Perry blogs for some reason expose the stupidity in people of all races..

CmdrR

May 5th, 2011
3:43 pm

Tyler Perry does incredibly nice things for people. That should count for something. It’s not like he lounges around with his one remaining godess, looking baked, talking about his tiger blood. He buys homes for grandmothers who are raising children. No, I don’t care for the whole black guy in drag genre, and that goes for the other 15 comedians tromping that turf. But, Perry’s a class act. If his movies sell tickets, all I can say is… are you hiring, SIR?

elroy

May 5th, 2011
3:44 pm

SOME blacks are just too sensitive(& racist) . I am white & don’t care for Tyler Perry’s work but he’s successfull so you have to give him credit. South Park is a great show!

reader

May 5th, 2011
3:45 pm

Lashauda isnt black you dimwits. She’s a tool making you look stupid.

Just Saying

May 5th, 2011
3:48 pm

Lashaunda, just give up while you are ahead. You make PEOPLE look bad with your lack of spellcheck and common sense. If you continue to spout that Obabma killed anyone, people will think you are insane. Obama wasn’t there. He simply gave an order and others carried it out, successfully.

Sub, I am a successful and educated Black woman and I do not partake in drugs, prostitution, nor robbing. I am a high school English teacher and I love my job. Please don’t saturate this blog with your foolishness.

On the topic, Tyler Perry’s movies are predictable and boring and his comedy sitcoms leave much to be desired. And they are not what all Black people want. Have a great day folks.

Timbo

May 5th, 2011
3:51 pm

Sub-

Please go back and actualy READ my comment. I am hardly upset by a few lame comments from a bunch of envious (and again, more than likely broke) losers. Do you honestly think T. Perry will stop making his multi-million dollar projects simply because a few hillbillies don’t “get” them. Reality check: He could care less. So just get over yourselves, or better yet here’s a thought: simply don’t watch any of his projects. I don’t see his numbers/dollars declining drastically as a result.

Keisha

May 5th, 2011
3:52 pm

Lashaunda…..please stop you are an embarrassment to all black people. The ones like you are the ones that hold our entire race down because when other races read your comments they will think negatively of all of us. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Timbo

May 5th, 2011
3:53 pm

Reader- I must agree with you..some of these idiots are SOOOOO gullible..hilarious..

bluto

May 5th, 2011
3:54 pm

Can I not like Tyler Perry’s comedy and not be jealous of his success? I always find it funny when I dislike something Will Smith or Tyler Perry does I am jealous. But if I find Adam Sandler or Dane Cook not funny I just have different taste. Believe me I cannot stand Adam Sandler or Dane Cook.

Shan

May 5th, 2011
3:55 pm

@jason,

All black people do not like Tyler Perry. In fact, I abhor his movies. He is a terrible writer, actor, and is doing more harm to the black community in Hollywood than any rapper, drugged out athlete, or Amber Rose wannabe combined could do. DO NOT STEREOTYPE US.

Lashaunda

May 5th, 2011
3:59 pm

Watch yourself Keisha….we can take this to the street.

I never said Obama pulled the trigger but his leadership lead to killing Osama. the other guy could not do it so a REAL man did.

Nicole

May 5th, 2011
3:59 pm

Quit hating on the man… Is you mad because you not making money like he is… I see white, black, asian, chinese, mexicans, looking at his movies and tv shows… please quit riding his nuts and let the man be himself… those jackass movies directed by white people are not funny but do you see us complaining

Roekest

May 5th, 2011
4:07 pm

I’m with Just Saying. Not ALL blacks want the easy way out. But successful marketing makes it seem that way, so that even educated, young blacks start believing they need to behave like Uncle Ruckus.

And yes, TP plots are predictable and boring. I’m white, so before I started really bashing TP, I tried to watch Meet the Brown. Holy Hell. That’s 5 minutes I’ll never get back. Between the played out stereotypical black jokes and the laugh track to make them seem funny, I nearly stabbed myself in the eyes and ears. Good thing I found the remote.

Last point, it’s so very sad that EVERY issue in Atlanta always leads back to race and the vitriol idiots unleash (myself included at times). I’ve come to the conclusion that living here in the South, in general, is a detriment to the success of myself and my family. Time to pack it up and head West.

Lashaunda

May 5th, 2011
4:10 pm

Tyler Perry is funner then Seinfeld. That show was stupid.

Hell-Bent

May 5th, 2011
4:10 pm

Can’t we just re-name this paper to Tyler Perry’s AJC?

keena

May 5th, 2011
4:11 pm

ALL OF YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT TYLER PERRY. BUT ONE THING IS FOR SURE,HE IS STILL A MILLIONAIRE AND RECESSION PROOF. WHILE YOU ALL ARE STILL BROKE AND WORRYING ABOUT HOW YOUR BILLS ARE GONNA GET PAID. THATS WHY HE IS FILMING HIS NEXT MADEA MOVIE IN ATLANTIC STATION RIGHT NOW,MAKING MORE MILLIONS,WHILE YOU DUMMIES ARE TYPING DUMB THINGS ABOUT HIM. (SIGH)

Hell-Bent

May 5th, 2011
4:13 pm

Donald Trump’s a millionaire too. ‘nough said….

THOROUGHBRED

May 5th, 2011
4:15 pm

Tyler Perry is awful and black people are more racist than white people.

A black comedian can tell a joke making fun of white people but oh no if a white person tells a black joke its racist. It has to work both ways. Open your eyes black people your race holds a lot of hate in your hearts.

popculturesucks

May 5th, 2011
4:15 pm

Sub/Whatever…

You don’t know ALL black ppl so stop generalizing as it does make you sound like a racist.

There are too many young blacks, whites, Latinos, etc. trying to live the good life w/o working for it. This phenomenon is not owned by any one demographic.

I hope you are just as angry at the so called educated who have robbed the ppl in this country of millions of dollars (i.e. Wall Street).

A thief is a thief and they come in all colors and across all socio-economic classes.

Now, TP movies are not for everyone but like previous posters have said…if this world can stand Adam Sandler, Jack Black and Dane Cook then there is a place for TP. However, as in all things there must be balance and therein lies the problem.

We don’t have ENOUGH blacks doing what TP is doing and telling their own stories. I would like to see him begin to finance other projects where he does not write, direct or anything else…just support another talented individual telling their story. That is truly paying it forward.