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Tyler Perry thanks firefighters

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Tyler Perry thanked firefighters who responded to a fire that damaged a portion of his studio complex in southwest Atlanta Tuesday night, through a publicist-released statement on his behalf Wednesday morning:

“Atlanta firefighters responded immediately to a fire which damaged the backlot façade of one of the buildings at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. We are grateful that there were no injuries, and that 99 percent of the damage is limited to the backlot facade. Mr. Perry wishes to express his heartfelt thanks to the Atlanta fire department for their professionalism in their quick response and limiting the damage.”

Other than that, there’s been no comment from Perry or anyone who works for him. Not on the record, anyway. He was on scene Tuesday night but did not speak to reporters, and employees leaving the area said they had been instructed not to speak to the media.

Security at Tyler Perry Studios is extremely tight. Employees sign confidentiality agreements. When shows filmed there have posted notices for extras, the fine print has stated that only those selected in advance, who show up with legal ID, are admitted onto the property (without cameras or cell phones of course.)

A hefty confidentiality agreement posted with one notice banned extras from discussing their experiences and specifically banned them from speaking to news outlets.

Two people who have worked there as extras spoke to the AJC on condition their identities not be revealed, due to the strict confidentiality rules.

“They make you sign a lot of confidentiality stuff at security,” one past extra said. “If they find you took a photo, you will be kicked out asap. Perry is super strict about that stuff.”

This person described the property as containing numerous buildings.

“The buildings look like a little town but they’re just store fronts,” this person said. “Inside are just different sound stages except the middle which has the kitchen and various offices.”

This extra said not all buildings had been in use recently.

“They’ve been filming “For Better or Worse,” the extra said, referring to one of Perry’s television shows.

A second extra, who also described stringent security, said the property is a showpiece.

“You go to work there and you have to fill out forms and sign a non-disclosure,” the second extra said. The buildings are named in honor of prominent African Americans, this person said.

“Everybody who’s been there is impressed,” the second extra said.

Perry himself detailed the tight security he demands, when he posted a message in early April saying he had been stopped by police officers after making a left-hand turn from the far right lane – a security precaution, he said at the time.

“I signaled to get into the turning lane, then made the turn because I have to be sure I’m not being followed,” Perry said he told the officer. Perry added that he usually is escorted by his own private security forces in an unmarked car, and if not he constantly scans the rearview mirror to ensure he is not being followed.

Perry described the incident as racial profiling in his message, but did not file a formal complaint with the Atlanta Police Department.

“That’s not something we condone in any shape, form or fashion,” Atlanta Police Department spokesman Carlos Campos said at the time. On Wednesday morning Campos said the department did not hear from Perry regarding the matter.

“We reached out to him to afford him the opportunity to provide a statement about the incident to our Office of Professional Standards,” Campos said. “He declined.”

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

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Bonehead Blogger

May 2nd, 2012
9:26 am

He is like a Billionaire so he will be okay….. p.s. How many drag queen outfits burned in the fire?

jimi

May 2nd, 2012
9:31 am

I worked at TPS after the grand opening and those two buildings that are shown to have caught
fire are where they store drapes, i mean thousands of feet of the cheap, can catch fire black
drapes. When i first heard of the the fire I thought of those two buildings and sure enough that’s
where the fire was.

JESUS" GYRL

May 2nd, 2012
9:45 am

That was a foolish statement!!!!! Regardless of his status he is a human being who does great things for the community, At the end of the dat there is a lost. You are correct you are a bonehead!

caroline

May 2nd, 2012
9:53 am

he has the right to say how he feels. it is scary but it’s how we live. I have taught my son who is 17 to watch for signs of racial profiling and it is not to scare him but to warn him that some people of authority push it to the limit and will try to see how someone will react on purpose> it has happened to us so..

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Warren

May 2nd, 2012
10:04 am

Oh no! //snickers// Tyler Perry Studios is on fire. //snickers//
How will people be entertained with low brow melodramas that patronize black audiences with insincere, bloated storytelling with a complete disingenuous sense of narrative merit that always make white people look like the devil.

Pinball645

May 2nd, 2012
10:17 am

JESUS” GIRL: you need to work on your Ebonics…

Cathy

May 2nd, 2012
10:20 am

Lord help us all, yea he told the story about being stopped by the racial profiling police and the story about the two missing men and I’m sure he has something to say about Trayvon Martin as we all did. Freedom of speech. So they had to use water hoses this time to put out a fire not break up a rally.

neutral

May 2nd, 2012
10:42 am

Bless his heart. Hope his insurance covers this for him. As far as his profiling comment in regards to being pulled over for making a left from the far right lane-idiot, what a safety hazard and you still want to say the police profiled you after YOU made a dangerous move in ATLANTA traffic??????
You could do so much good, but you are another divider, fibber and screamer with no thought to unification and bridging the gap.

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southern hope

May 2nd, 2012
11:17 am

I’d edit this article a bit…it makes it sound like he was racing to the scene of the fire and was pulled over the police…when, obviously, the other issue happened some time in the past….maybe quite awhile ago.

VoiceOfReason

May 2nd, 2012
11:24 am

You sure they weren’t filming his next movie? “Madea Burns Da Studio Down”. I am sure it would be hillarious. (snicker).

Samantha

May 2nd, 2012
11:34 am

I knew that ignorant people would post stupid stuff on this blog. Tyleer Perry is not a drag queen. Now ‘Bonehead blogger’ I’m certain that you are hiding in the closet…anyway…
Yes Mr. Perry will be fine. I’m sorry to hear what happened to his studio. As far as the racial profiling thing…I believe it. He should have pressed charges on those sorry cops.

Carlos b redding I love you for who you are

May 2nd, 2012
11:46 am

I love you like a blessing and what you work hard at is a blessing thats all of you and God I wish I can meet you one day just to talk about my life who will under stand I have no 1 besides god I need a big brother to help me in my life I am a truck driver I have a 05 broke down Tk I wish I can get a new one one 1 day keep your head up tyler perry I love y man I never mat you but God no you Tks for what you do its a reach out my man God bless you all ways inmy world my email supermanata@ gmail.con

KG

May 2nd, 2012
11:47 am

Hope the damage is not too severe. I appreciate having the studio here in Atlanta. I’m sure it’s helping to employee many people which adds to Atlanta’s economy. We need it!! Plus it’s nice having movies made in our backyard. Praying for Tyler Perry that all gets back to normal quickly.

Carlos b redding I love you for who you are

May 2nd, 2012
11:54 am

Some Black Guy

May 2nd, 2012
11:54 am

Enter your comments here

Lynn

May 2nd, 2012
11:59 am

Tyler Perry may not be a “drag queen”, but he certainly does perform in drag on a regular basis. I like drag queens, so this is not name-calling on my part. I think the Medea character is a hoot.

Some Black Guy

May 2nd, 2012
12:00 pm

I’m sorry to hear about the fire. I know Mr. Perry will recover from it. However I think the incident with the police after the end of this article is misleading and unwarranted. I’m also trying to figure out how the police “racial profiled” Mr. Perry when they were lawful in stopping. By Mr. Perry own admission, he knew he was wrong. Also how could one determine your race if you have dark tinted windows? I see why he did not press charges of profiling. We have to use common sense when it comes to profiling, not saying it does not exist but every black person being stopped is not being profiled.

Tigermania

May 2nd, 2012
12:03 pm

Yea, 90% of the Atlanta PD are black police officers but i am sure that the one who pulled him over was white, therefore, it had to be racial profiling. The crimes in Atlanta also involve 90% of blacks due to that being the majority if the inner city population. Way to keep in Jessee and Al’s good graces Tyler.

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VinylT

May 2nd, 2012
12:26 pm

Here’s what obviously happened: one of Perry’s employees, sick of being reminded to put a cover sheet on his TPS reports, finally made good on his threat to burn the place to the ground.

David Watson

May 2nd, 2012
12:27 pm

My thoughts and prayers go out to all at TPS in that they continue to be shining examples of what can be accomplished when an individual becomes a collective. African-Americans continue to bathe in the waters of “Waitin’ on Jesus”.

alex

May 2nd, 2012
12:59 pm

paranoia………

Kat

May 2nd, 2012
1:03 pm

Regardless of the fact that I’m not in his target audience, I appreciate him and his talents and his appeal to many different folks. He provides good jobs for employees and extras. So, he has tight security. I would too if I had a reason to. Good on him for his success. Sorry to hear about the fire, as that’s tragic when it happens to anyone.

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Common Sense

May 2nd, 2012
1:12 pm

I’m glad no one was injured during the fire. I’m sorry that Tyler Perry has to be put in a position where he has to check his surroundings and be put in a dangerous situation where it could cause him to make a costly mistake in injuring himself or others when traveling. I pray that your security personnel come up with better solutions to this problem. As far as the racial profiling it seems as if the story being reported was only half told. Where is the rest of the story?

TheFlapmeister

May 2nd, 2012
1:42 pm

@some black guy – AMEN!

Debbie P.

May 2nd, 2012
1:53 pm

What about the call that went out at 2pm yesterday afternoon. Husband heard it on the scanner??
What was that all about??

wisconsin

May 2nd, 2012
2:00 pm

It is some ignorant people in the world and looks like most of them live in the state of Georgia… Stop hating on a black men that has made it big you poor white trash bloggers…….

mugglemikki

May 2nd, 2012
2:42 pm

To all the Perry critics:

Jesus gave him a vision, to make plays
and dress like women.
To wear corsets and real fine linens
Big bras with a lot of padding in ‘em.

It’s alright to cross dress for Christ!

think

May 2nd, 2012
2:54 pm

When people are doing something good there are always haters who try to stop progress. Notice Hollywood bought land over in Lakewood area. I hope that you realize prop values will rise; but notice the bigger picture–competition for his audience. At any rate, leadership is attacked when he spreads His word, no matter how he dresses. Mr. Perry definitely addresses several of real issues within the demographic which subscribe to him. If you do not like or support something, then why are you posting messages on his blog. At any rate, maybe we can thank the haters who have nothing positive to say; because we can be thankful that we are not that way.
Moreover, the most important thing is that no one was hurt. Furthermore, the last part of the article is to put something negative to try to make him look bad and stereotypical. Of course, he has to watch if someone is following him with the amount of money he is worth. He would be less honored if he contested the traffic violation. After all, he was wrong and accepted the citation. What we don’t know is whether he was treated poorly or not. But when you are the bigger person, who has time for fighting with petty natured people. :-)

Porter Versfelt III

May 2nd, 2012
2:58 pm

Is this an article about confidentiality agreements when working with TPS or about the fire and its aftermath. It seems they are two very different stories Jennifer.

BTW, I work in the industry and have worked on the production crew for TPS in the past. Signing such detailed confidentiality agreements is standard for Hollywood, so Tyler Perry is not any more strict than any other movie/TV studio.

The K family from South Africa

May 2nd, 2012
3:32 pm

No weapon that is forged against you will prevail, cause you are the head not the tail, first not last, above not beneath,chosen by God, loved by God and protected by God.As Christians we know that when things like these happen, it means that the devil is trying to shift your focus, please keep your focus on the goal,cause where you are heading, something good and great is about to happen. We were was so sorry to hear about the fire, but relieved that no one was hurt. Take heart Tyler God is in control!! We are praying for you.We love and care for you, cause you are a great guy!Remember this, in difficult moments seek God, in painful moments trust God, in quiet moments worship God, in happy moments praise God and in every moment thank God.

Marcus

May 2nd, 2012
3:39 pm

To all critics – jealously is not the answer but prayer is. My grandmother always said “If you can’t say nothing good then don’t say nothing at all.” So if you looking to criticize then be quiet.

Positive Thinker

May 2nd, 2012
4:38 pm

A small set back, always brings a greater “COME BACK” ! Mr. Perry has and will continue to be a success in all that he is set out to acomplish, regardless of the test. The fire certainly will not distract him from his full purpose of what he as been gifted to do. Remember, many weapons will try and form, but it is up to you not to let them prosper.

Blessed & Highly Favored

May 2nd, 2012
5:01 pm

Tyler Is A Blessed Man and it seems to me that there are some people out there who are mad. How about lets stop being mad and LIFT HIM UP IN PRAYER. How about that enough is enough people aslo Can we stop Talking about his money Give the man a break.

Hey Tyler Perry I LOVE YOU. KEEP ON KEEPIN ON

Michelle

May 2nd, 2012
5:06 pm

Mr. Perry

Is a child of God and HIGHLY FAVORED nothing else matter!

AtlGuy

May 2nd, 2012
5:19 pm

It is called Karma, Sponsor a benefit for the election of the worst president ever. And he only did it because the look alike !!

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Tobbie Gibson

May 3rd, 2012
2:06 am

Thank God everyone is OK. Joy comes on the morning, just keep lookin up.

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Jerry Johnson

May 3rd, 2012
3:28 pm

Barbara

May 5th, 2012
10:26 pm

I live in a small town 56 mile south of dallas texas fox 4 news had a second news announcement about the fire i had to google atlanta news they never said another word about it talking about important news around here. depending on who you are where you live if your story is important its a sad sad world when the color of your skin tells if u make the news unless its crime and then it dont matter Hold you head up TP its going to be allright God is good