Tyler Perry went a little Madea at a Beverly Hills press conference promoting his latest movie, when the matter of Spike Lee came up.
“I’m so sick of hearing about damn Spike Lee,” Perry said during the press conference, according to Box Office Magazine.“Spike can go straight to hell! You can print that. I am sick of him talking about me.”
Perry’s remarks were referencing Lee’s criticism of Perry’s work.
“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!”
The Box Office Magazine account went on to say that Perry voiced frustration about other comments about his films.
“I’ve never seen Jewish people attack Seinfeld and say, ‘This is a stereotype,’” he said, according to the Box Office Magazine report. “I’ve never seen Italian people attack The Sopranos, I’ve never seen Jewish people complaining about Mrs. Doubtfire or Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie.”
The report also said Perry listed other prominent African American figures who have faced similar critiques.
“Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois went through the exact same thing,” he said.
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The Wall Street Journal report on the matter includes a Q&A with Perry in which he says audiences, not critics, matter when it comes to assessing his work.
“The critics are the million and four people that have left messages on my message board saying how much they enjoy it, or the almost 5 million people on Facebook who are always talking about what this moment did for them, or how this lesson taught them,” he told the Journal. “So it would be foolish for me to spend time trying to understand what will make a critic happy, and lose my audience.
Perry’s latest Madea movie, “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” adapted from the play Perry wrote while grieving the death of his mother, comes out Friday.
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