Saturday, May 30, 2009

I need some help ya'll

I was on one of my favorite message boards...and one of the posts was about a Spike Lee interview calling out Tyler Perry's shows for buffoonery... Which I can understand...I have been saying that about Tyler's plays for years. But then it occurred to me...What exactly qualifies as "coonery". I mean, for me if I see some shit that looks like it was straight plagiarized from a minstrel show (like say...the Chicken Noodle Soup dance) an alarm goes off in my head. But some stuff isn't that cut and dry.

Also, I have to say that we as a people have a very thin lane within the comedy structure. Like for instance if one of us tried to do a role that Jim Carrey would do... Black people would be pissed.

So what is okay and what isn't?


  1. I think it is left up to people's interpretation.
    Someone said something very logical to me the other day about Tyler Perry's movies the other day...they said that everyone doesn't want to ingest the same type of entertainment and Tyler caters to that crowd. In my opinion, he dumbed down a lot of his writing because there was a market for a result, look who is filthy stinking rich...Tyler Perry.

    You can tell that he has better quality writing and visions in him because he comes out with stuff like The Family That Preys. It's in him to make films that aren't "stereotypical" but that wasn't necessarily going to make him rich in the beginning...and in the entertainment world, 9 times out of 10, it is about the money. Sucks but that's how it is more often than not...

  2. Str8 up and down, I feel that there is a distinct difference between Tyler Perry's movies and Tv shows. The Tv Shows are buffonery, coonery, and blackface with black faces. I haven't even seen the show but the way theyre advertising Meet The Browns is for a demographic that only sees Black people as entertaining when theyre wild'n out. All you see is ads with his lips and eyes buggin out. WTF TYLER??

    Spike Lee is right for calling out that show, because our people's brand of comedy has developed sooooo far from the antics of mistrel shows.

    Thats my 2 cents...
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