All is not one big happy family in the film world as far as Tyler Perry is concerned: The man behind the 'Madea' films (his latest, 'Madea's Big Happy Family' opens Friday), is striking back after continual criticism from fellow directors.
He's got harsh words for one in particular: "I'm so sick of hearing about damn Spike Lee," Perry said during a press conference Tuesday in Beverly Hills. "Spike can go straight to hell! You can print that. I am sick of him talking about me, I am sick of him saying, 'This is a coon, this is a buffoon.' "He talked about Whoopi, he talked about Oprah, he talked about me, he talked about Clint Eastwood. [Lee criticized Eastwood for not putting black G.I.s in his 'Flags of Our Fathers' film.] Spike needs to shut the hell up!"
Perry related how frustrated he gets about criticism from within his own community. "I was writing about how hard people work to discourage people from seeing my work," he said. "I don't even understand it [but] this is where the whole Spike Lee [comment] comes from - the negativity, this is Stepin Fetchit, this is coonery, this is buffoonery, and they try to get people to get on this bandwagon with them, to get this mob mentality to come against what I'm doing."
Perry claims other communities have not experienced this kind of self-criticism. "I've never seen Jewish people attack 'Seinfeld' and say "this is a stereotype," I've never seen Italian people attack 'The Sopranos,' I've never seen Jewish people complaining about 'Mrs. Doubtfire' or Dustin Hoffman in 'Tootsie.' I never saw it."
The director apparently missed the numerous protests 'The Sopranos' received from several Italian-American groups in its time.
Do you agree with Perry or Lee? Or neither one?
[Via Box Office Magazine]