Writer Bene Viera summed up my feelings in â€œAn Open Letter to Tyler Perry.â€
â€œWith your most recent letter to your fans it is painstakingly clear that you have issues with black women,â€ Viera writes. â€œYour disregard for black women is apparentâ€¦ It is high time you deal with your issues with black women internally and stop inaccurately portraying us in your films.â€
The whole roll ya neck, snatch out your earrings, wonâ€™t let a brother get a word in edgewise is a tired stereotype of Black women thatâ€™s only really funny when Pam does it in Martin re-runs (and some people took issue with that.) I know ganging up on Black women who dare to have degrees, opinions, and standards all at the same time seems like Americaâ€™s favorite past time, but I want more from a man who claims to be so in tune with the desires of his audience.
Newsflash: All Black women arenâ€™t ready to throw down at the drop of a clichÃ©d hat, and weâ€™re all not mad, not in the angry sense or the crazy sense. Iâ€™d hope that as Perry makes this grand gesture to go mainstream by casting Kim Kardashian, he will also consider catering to another untapped market: multi-dimensional Black women that really want to find his movies entertaining but canâ€™t co-sign men who rely on stereotypes to entertain them.
Demetria L. Lucas is the author of â€œA Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Lifeâ€ (Atria) in stores now. Follow her on Twitter @abelleinbk and check out abelleinbrooklyn.com.