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Tyler Perry defends casting Kim Kardashian

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Tyler Perry had no idea Kim Kardashian would cause him so much grief.

“I could not have imagined I’d be getting all these emails about Kim Kardashian,” he said in a letter to fans posted on his web site. “Now, may I say something? Can a brother get a word in?….LOL. Y’all gave me a new movie title: Tyler Perry’s ‘Diary of a Mad Black Woman Cause You Hired Kim Kardashian, Don’t Make Me Take Off My Earrings and Boycott Yo A**.’ ”

Kidding aside, he explains the movie thusly:

“This movie is about a young lady named Judith (Jurnee Smolett), who grew up in the countryside of Virginia in a trailer park. She was raised in the church by her mother Sarah (Ella Joyce). Judith married her childhood sweetheart Brice (Lance Gross) and had the perfect life until she graduated college and went to work in the big city. After college, all she wanted to do was be a marriage counselor, but the only job she could find was working for a matchmaker named Janice (Vanessa Williams). Janice has several employees that work for her, including a woman named Ava (Kim Kardashian). Ava is constantly trying to influence Judith on everything from her shoes to her hair.”

Kardashian fatigue seems to be setting in. From http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/no-more-kardashian.html

Kardashian fatigue seems to be setting in.

And so on. Perry’s movies do well at the box office but he may have a challenge convincing people to spend money to see (more of) Kardashian. This online “Boycott Kim Kardashian” petition has more than 100,000 virtual signatures.

But Perry defends his decision to cast her.

“What better person! She literally has millions of young people following her. I thought and still do think, that it would be very responsible of her to be a part of this film. To have the young people that look up to her, see her in a film that is about, what happens in life when you make the wrong choices. Why wouldn’t Kim Kardashian be invited into a film about Faith, Forgiveness and the healing power of God? What is wrong with that?”

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

226 comments Add your comment

joanne sambrano

November 17th, 2011
9:18 am

I’m glad u chose kim for the role as ava lol I wuv all the kardash clan I’m a huge fan of urs tyler thnks for all the emails

Lisa

November 17th, 2011
9:21 am

People should not judge someone’s decision. We have only heard what the news is telling us about the short lived marriage of Kim K. Unless you are in her shoes, you should not judge her. There may be a good reason as to why she did what she did. Why do people care so much? did we pay for the wedding? Grow up and spend more time on your own life!

Lisa

November 17th, 2011
9:22 am

I think she will be a great addition to the Perry movies…

carla roqs

November 17th, 2011
9:26 am

maury offers the bieb a paternity test!!!! too funny, oops,the entertainment video was flashing by. okay–why not say what i feel? here goes: i do not like perry’s work. i respect him for doing what he likes to do, though. kim k? over her. but everyone has to have a life. even you people. get over it- only thing you are doing is adding fodder to the fire and perry will add lines in the movie to represent this conflict. hahaahha

gunga din

November 17th, 2011
9:57 am

interesting how the black audience will flock to his movies even though he makes fools out of all his black characters. KK is just another element in his long line of disrespecting black people. if he wants to use this skanky hoochie mama, that is his choice but he needs to wake up and smell the coffee. can you imagine the accusations, lawsuits and bitching by the like of Jesse or Al if a white director portrayed black people this way ??? P.S. I would have a lot more respect for Mr. Perry if he would admit it and come out of the closet.

LaToya Ford

November 17th, 2011
10:02 am

Never questioned Mr. Perry’s decision to cast Kim K… He obviously knows what he’s doing. After reading his reason why is even better. I watch the Kardashians as well and always wonder to what degree to any of them know God. So by putting Kim in this movie and it helps put God in the right prospective or place in her life, her family’s and her followers then I’m all for it and if you are a Believer you should be as well! Continue in your purpose Mr. Perry!!!!

Reggie Bush

November 17th, 2011
10:03 am

Won’t be seeing this one….

tell it like it is

November 17th, 2011
10:07 am

Tyler keep doing what you do. God has giving you the wisdom and insight to see things a lot of people cant. Cmon people cut tyler some slack. For those criticizing his decisions. The best way to change is to do it yourself. Do what mr perry did and put your faith with your deeds and make your own movies.

Pebblebeach

November 17th, 2011
10:07 am

Mr Perry

As I stated in an earlier post elsewhere, our family will not be viewing your movie on the big screen as we refused to put one cent of our hard earned money into the hands of The Kardashians.

weena

November 17th, 2011
10:09 am

Maybe Ms. Tyler Perry will OJ her arse.

Talented 10th

November 17th, 2011
10:10 am

Not buying it, Tyler Perry. Sell it somewhere else.

If Kim is such an asset to a film, let another Hollywood producer cast her in theirs. As far as I’m concerned, the K Klan has enough money to start their own movie production company. Just as the Steven Speilbergs of Hollywood take care of THEIR own, you (& Oprah, too, by the way) need to focus on taking care of YOUR own. There are enough hungry Black actresses & actors out there to cast that you didn’t have to grab a sex-tape starring, gardening tool to be in your movie. Take your cape off, Captain Save-A-gardening tool & let someone else in Hollywood save Kim.

Question: HAVE YOU SEEN THE SEX TAPE? Maybe you need to before casting her in ANY of your films again….disgusting.

Ayana

November 17th, 2011
10:11 am

Thank you Mr. Perry,
its hard to beleive that people would be upset about a young lady that makes money off of her OWN name!! Geesh….get a grip people. Me and my friends are excited about seeing your movie, just like we were in all of your other productions. Keep up the good work!

Steve S

November 17th, 2011
10:14 am

“To have the young people that look up to her”.

Now that’s truly scary. No wonder this country no longer has any moral standard.

mai vadarlington( Emma)

November 17th, 2011
10:17 am

if she’s gonna do it to show the greatness of God,its all good,chakaipa ndechekuti anyadzise mwari musiki wedu, Go TYLER, I love you,you really make us laugh and make our family moments lighter when we watch your movies all the way from zimbabwe

Lamar Odom

November 17th, 2011
10:18 am

All you’ll people are tripping over nothing!! Who cares who the man casts in his movies do all you nay sayers feel like you are entitled to choose who he puts in his movies. Just dont watch the movie if you are so against hime casting a beautiful white women. I really hate that its okay for black people to be racist but if your white dont even say anything that comes close to sterotyping the black race. I am a white 25uear old male and dont have a racist bone in body but still get sick as it being okay for black people to openly racist towards white people and we are supposed to be okay. Tired of this shi1!!!!!!!!!!!!

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john

November 17th, 2011
10:21 am

We all know why you cast Kim Kardashian, “You are trying to Cross Over” let’s be real. Where were all your Caucasian Viewers when you got started? Did you forget?

mai vadarlington( Emma)

November 17th, 2011
10:22 am

did my comment go how do i view to confirm

npgator

November 17th, 2011
10:23 am

She may not be a black woman but she is a mud shark, coal burner, snicker licker so she should fit right in on that show.

DarkBrown

November 17th, 2011
10:23 am

I could care less one way or the other. IF the reviews of my friends and family are no better than those of his last few movies, I won’t be seeing this one either. However, I do tend to pay a bit more attention to his movies that do not feature Ma’Dear or the Browns.

Oh…and the Lance Gross overkill is killing me….softly.

Not a Fan Anyway

November 17th, 2011
10:25 am

Who cares if he defends Ms. KK72-ERBODYDONEHITDAT.
Tyler Perry lost me several movies ago with the predictble unrealistic scripts in addition to throwing some popular R&B artist into the mix to pull in the Hip Hop and R&B artist fan base. With so many other choices in movie theaters, it won’t be hard to bypass this film when it hits theaters.
Same thing goes for M. Night Shyamalan’s films.

Thomas Pain

November 17th, 2011
10:25 am

Tyler Perry is a business. He’s hired Kim not for any acting ability, charm, poise, or character, but because she’s famous. (Infamous?) Tons of people, mostly under the age of 35, watch her every move and follow every bit of drama in her life.

She is a star.

She is not an actress.

Tyler Perry’s movies need stars, not actresses. They’re about making money delivering what people expect from his franchise; stereotypes, lazy, shallow plotlines, and nothing real or unique or even interesting. Sounds perfect for Kim. And Tyler.

Elect Lady

November 17th, 2011
10:26 am

“Why wouldn’t Kim Kardashian be invited into a film about Faith, Forgiveness and the healing power of God? What is wrong with that?” This statement by Mr. Perry sums it up!! Regardless of what she’s done and what’s she’s been through, she’s human and needs intervention. If we as a society would pay more attention to ourselves, especially the children, this world would be a better place. Be blessed and keep up the good work TPS!!!!!

jt

November 17th, 2011
10:26 am

Hat’s off too you Tyler! Don’t worry about your naysayers, your true fans will support your movie regardless!

john

November 17th, 2011
10:26 am

We realize this was a “business” decision for profit making, not a “moral” obligation to YOUR fan
base. It will be very interesting to see the final box office results on this film’s opening night and so on. I hope you will not “Crash and Burn” on this one. Kim K may have a fan base, But I’m sure yours is bigger than hers. I think you have forgotten this fact. When you forget about your fans and you can forget about your profits.

RahRah

November 17th, 2011
10:26 am

Teyanna Taylor played her role in Tyler’s Big Happy Family like it was meant for her, and her only–loved it. I love to see another Wayans stupid, crazy movie too. Remember when Jada Pinket was Woo–loved it but now these seasoned actors can pick and choose their projects but they started in Hollywood films that portrayed blacks as stupid, raunchy and ignorant–that is what we should have protested, not Tyler Perry.

Talented 10th

November 17th, 2011
10:27 am

Um, Lamar: it’s not really a race thing. It’s a tramp/trash thing. It just so happens the players in this game are of different races.

Show me a black actor or actress whose ENTIRE FAMILY became famous and rich off their daughter/sister making a lurid SEX TAPE. Please show me.

Then show me what BIG TIME Hollywood producer gave this Black actor/actress a shot in one his BIG BUDGET movies? Where is the example? It doesn’t exist.

I’m so tired of Black people (Tyler Perry) being the dumping or proving ground for otherwise talent-less people of different races. Kim has been huslting & screwing around Hollywood for years. If she was so talented, she would’ve been a REAL acting star (NOT a porno star) years ago…..and Tyler knows that’s the TRUTH, RUTH.

gm

November 17th, 2011
10:30 am

For all you people that is taking shots at Perry, I dont see any of you scared hypocrites taking shots at white producers who dont hire black women at all in their films.
When are you going to boycott these films that year after year dont have any people of color? and every year the awards exclude blacks”””’
Thank you Perry for letting black actors and actor have work”””

Marcus Bachmann

November 17th, 2011
10:39 am

Tyler is blessed and highly favored by the good Lord. I’m thankful that he normally hires some excellent eye candy in his films. We need more shirtless hunks! My wife Michele and I enjoy Tyler’s films. We pray that God will help Tyler find the perfect lover to share his life with.
God bless!

weena

November 17th, 2011
10:42 am

I want some of what Bruce Jenner is on. What is mama anyway? Is she like one of those Soledad O’Brien mixed breeds.

Teri

November 17th, 2011
10:42 am

Well, that’s one Tyler Perry movie I definitely won’t be seeing. With all of the out of work BLACK actresses that he could’ve hired, he goes and hires the skankiest WHITE actress that he could find to play a role in his new movie. TP,I never thought this day would come…

Bluot

November 17th, 2011
10:47 am

I guess you can forgive Mike Vick for killing dogs , but you cannot forgive a wild young woman for acting like a wild young woman.

Racism alive and well in many forms.

who really cares

November 17th, 2011
10:51 am

It is Mr Perry’s perogative to cast whomever he wants in his films regardless of his motives. I have a problem with “young people looking up to her”, our society has definitely sunk to a new low. There are many women young people can look up to but I’m afraid Ms Kardashian is not one.

Anita

November 17th, 2011
10:52 am

Lamar, it has nothing to do with race. It is about Kim’s lack of moral values. Anyway, Perry has to right to cast whomever he wants in his movies and if his fans disagree then they don’t have to go and see the movie. Enough said!!!

trina@atl

November 17th, 2011
10:53 am

well i will not be viewing this movie, not only did you put someone who has no skills whatsovever except how to lie and do anything for fame. your last few movies have been predictable and very silly. i will not even spend the money on the bootleg version. mr. perry please do better.

Cat's Dad

November 17th, 2011
10:54 am

she just operates on base instinct. no skills, talent. whatever will get her paid. doesn’t require any real thinking capability, respectability, morality, bizarre… burned out conscious, no photos of her without the makeover (she’s not beautiful with it). it’s all deception… it’s what the majority are hungry for and another reason why our world is on the decline. tomorrow’s women’s role models? we’re in for more serious problems… many people do it but no one can afford to sell their soul, it never pays off. i’m not a hater, it’s the game she’s playing

RAMZAD

November 17th, 2011
10:58 am

There is a uniquely American phenomenon of building up an organization, institution or person into something historic and mythical and then bashing it/her/him to death. Americans get a perverse pleasure out of doing that, see IBM, Microsoft, Barack Obama, Britney Spears, Donald Trump and now Kim Kardashian et al.

Fact is that the hating on Kim Kardashian is the ilk of many overweight, ill mannered, bulldozer looking black women. Kim Kardashian, to my knowledge, has never been in the cat fight, dirty mouth, ho stomping rebelliousness. See Little Kim, Niki Minaj, Naomi Campbell and all the reality shows two minute garbage people.

Kim Kardashian is a media creature who have just managed to get very rich in the spotlight and many of these women can’t bear that. Kim Kardashian has some class about herself, unlike many of the bull frogs that are complaining about her. Kim Kardashian is downright sexy and desirable, again, unlike many of the weave centric trolls that have something to say.

Leave Tyler Perry alone. Kim Kardashian sells, and Perry knows this. I think by now you’all should have figured out that Tyler Perry is no idiot.

Dave

November 17th, 2011
10:59 am

It really does not matter…. TYLER PERRY won’t ever be able to please EVERYONE.So, he has to do what GOD has lead him to do. If you don’t wanna see the movie because of Kim K, then DON’T GO SEE IT! I will be going to see it no matter what. TP has good films & plays. I’m sure this will be a hit just as every other movie he does is. GET A LIFE PEOPLE! Good job Mr. Perry. Keep up the good work!

STOPHATING

November 17th, 2011
10:59 am

Tyler you are doing a wonderful job, It’s your MOVIE your Casts so whoever is HATING tell them to keep hating. Do you think it may be JEALOUSY because they are not in the movie. Damn people GET A LIFE!!!!

Spade

November 17th, 2011
11:03 am

Sorry Mr. Perry, but KK can’t act, and I’m not waisting my $$. I’ll wait until it goes to Red Box to see it for $1.

lvdavis30281

November 17th, 2011
11:04 am

your choice with Kim Khardaisian is a bogus insensitive move to further disrespect your own people, as many black talented sistahs in the world, but oh I forgot you don’t have a high opinion of black women in the first place the way you demonstrate black women as being in your live theatre plays and movies. You are doing the KKK a big favor when you put this stuff on the stage and on the screen. In physical slavery days it was call UNCLE TOM-ism, and you are now portraying mental slavery through you so-called art form.

Don'tunderstandit

November 17th, 2011
11:07 am

Why would anyone look up to her? Take a look back at HOW she became famous and I would hope that no young person today would aspire to be like her. Furthermore, what exactly does she do? She can’t sing. Can’t dance. She’s not a real actress. Any success she has had is directly tied to what got her famous in the first place. At least her father had a real career and step-father had real talent. They bring nothing to the table.

Does she even have a college education at any level? At least a few credit hours?

ERICA

November 17th, 2011
11:08 am

I am glad that you choose Kim for the roll in your movie i live in Jamaica and i will pay my cable bill to watch it . you are doing a wanderfull joy i love the Kardishian sister i will always love those girls i watch there reality show every Sunday on E Jamaica time 9.00pm love you Kimmi am glad that you are slowly coming back to your self girl power Kim in there face

Redbone

November 17th, 2011
11:09 am

Later for the haters! You can have who u want in your movies. God bless and keep your faith. I an 100% your fan. DON’T WORRY! BE HAPPY!

Redbone

November 17th, 2011
11:12 am

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RAMZAD

November 17th, 2011
11:12 am

Oh, I see, as I read more of this. It is about race. “Where were all your Caucasian friends when you started” kind of racism. Kim Kardashian is actually of Greek roots..not exactly Caucasian, but most of the people yelping would not know the difference- even if it mattered.

Black people are so far submersed in crime, hate, self-hate, superficiality, cronyism, jealousy, and rage- that as a people we could not make our way out of a McDonald’s paper bag if a hole was cut in the bottom.

Tyler Perry don’t worry. They are all coming to see your movie. You know that black people can commit to anything except crime anymore.

atlnative

November 17th, 2011
11:13 am

Can we please lay off the “Boycott Kim Kardashian”campaign!Tyler Perry has been very successful with his creative and artistic interpretation of the Black American community.If Mr.Perry believes Kardashian is ideal for a role in his movie,trust his Hollywood genius.

Redbone

November 17th, 2011
11:13 am

HAIL TO KING PERRY!!!!! YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!

wontseeit

November 17th, 2011
11:20 am

Yes he does have accountability to black women. We are the ones that made his ass rich! White people are NOT SEEING HIS MOVIES.

Pauly Walnuts

November 17th, 2011
11:21 am

Who cares? Is she getting naked in the movie or not?