After the opening weekend success of The Best Man Holiday, a “boycott Madea” campaign has sprung up on the Internet.
In Tyler Perry‘s world, this is nothing new. Fans petitioned for Kim Kardashian‘s removal from the Jurnee Smollett-Bell-led Temptation. The recent boycott Madea petition is asking audiences not to support Perry’s December 13 release A Madea Christmas. It’s an attempt to get Hollywood to green-light more high-brow Black films. But the petition authors are mistaken if they believe stopping Perry will lead Hollywood executives to produce more films in the vein of The Best Man Holiday or Lee Daniels’ The Butler.
The Best Man Holiday director Malcolm D. Lee struggled to receive a green-light for the sequel. Instead of looking for stories that enhance or enrich lives, Hollywood studios focus on the bottom line because risks can be costly to investors. In Lee’s case, T. D. Jake‘s Jumping the Broom was the catalyst for the yes from the studio. However, as Shadow and Act points out, Perry’s studio machine is efficient enough to cut out Lionsgate and release his films himself.
Perry attempted serious subject matter by adapting Ntozake Shange‘s Tony Award-nominated “choreopoem” For Colored Girls into a film. Remember the negative press for that choice?