Tyler Perry Cites Reverse Racism for Backlash Over His TLC Show
For years, Tyler Perry has been creating massive opportunities for black actors through his TV shows (especially the Madea movies). But for his TLC drama series "Too Close to Home", the American filmmaker has received backlash for his all-white starring cast. His casting choices were questioned by many black people.
In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Perry dismissed the criticism saying:
“That’s totally reverse racism because it was coming from African-American people. I don’t know if it was because they thought I should only be giving jobs to black people. Well, I think that’s ridiculous. If you look at the hundreds of black people I’ve given jobs to and even the ones I’ve made millionaires, people of color, I just think it’s unfair.”
Apparently, Perry is sick of people asking him why his show is full of white people. The eight episode series stars Heather Locklear, Danielle Savre and Brock O’Hurn.
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Perry said traveling has made him see the world differently because he gets to interact with people of all races. This has made him more colorblind saying: "We all got the same dramas. So I’m not seeing color as much as I did anymore in the sense of our stories. Our stories are so similar."
What is your opinion about Perry's casting choice and his response to the criticism?
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