Writer Bene Viera summed up my feelings in “An Open Letter to Tyler Perry.”
“With your most recent letter to your fans it is painstakingly clear that you have issues with black women,” Viera writes. “Your disregard for black women is apparent… It is high time you deal with your issues with black women internally and stop inaccurately portraying us in your films.”
The whole roll ya neck, snatch out your earrings, won’t let a brother get a word in edgewise is a tired stereotype of Black women that’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 America’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 aren’t ready to throw down at the drop of a clichéd hat, and we’re all not mad, not in the angry sense or the crazy sense. I’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 can’t co-sign men who rely on stereotypes to entertain them.
Demetria L. Lucas is the author of “A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life” (Atria) in stores now. Follow her on Twitter @abelleinbk and check out abelleinbrooklyn.com.