Hotshot American producer Tyler Perry had a smart response to critics complaining about his self-written shows, saying that they are not his target audience.
One of the most prominent Black moguls in the entertainment industry, Tyler Perry is no stranger to fault-finding detractors who do not appreciate his craft. He already faced a lot of judgment as a child. He said:
"Because if you’re complaining about my writing, you’re not the audience. My audience loves the way that it’s done and the way the stories are told."
Entertainment mogul Tyler Perry during his 2019 TV guesting on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" at ABC. | Photo: Getty Images
STORIES BASED ON HARSH REALITIES
In Perry’s interview with Variety, he said that many critics believed that most of the newly-minted billionaire’s stories show off Black people's negative depictions. Some also criticize his productions.
Whenever the 51-year-old entertainment mogul would hear mud-slinging comments about his work, he would simply shrug these off as he believes that the critics do not understand his stories' dynamics which caters to a Black audience.
Despite the criticism, Perry said his audience loves how he laid the stories on the table. Since the start of his career, the acclaimed actor remains committed to showing the harsh realities happening within the community.
LEARNING TO FIGHT BACK
Perry, who already developed a thick-skinned persona, grew up with a man who said horribles things to him at an early age. Because of that experience, he learned to fight back.
Perry earlier faced a production setback as his company was affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
PORTRAYING THE ROLE TRUTHFULLY
In 2018, Perry produced a movie called "Acrimony" which revolves around a hardworking woman who spent most of her life supporting her husband's dreams. Her husband does not want to work because he was obsessed with a battery invention he patented.
However, the movie became intriguing to some people because of how the Black female was represented as being dependent on men's attention and love.
Actress Taraji P. Henson who starred in the film explained that these characters exist in reality. Henson added that she portrayed the role as truthfully as she could.
A MASSIVE ATLANTA STUDIO
As he continues to make waves in the entertainment industry, Perry earlier faced a production setback as his company was affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But the global health crisis did not stop him from producing quality shows as he managed to find a better way to keep going with the work.
Perry set up Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. The self-named studio covers 330 acres of the old Fort McPherson complex, a former military base. The area has strict health protocols which include testing and isolation places of cast and crew.
Adjusting to the new normal, Perry’s longtime girlfriend, Gelila Bekele, recently shared a piece of her working life amid the pandemic. Despite the gloomy quarantine, she has managed to feel good about herself.
She took to Instagram to share a picture of what it was like to work behind the filmmaking process. While donning a blue facemask, she looked stunning in her black lace dress and white pair of sneakers.