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Kim Kardashian in the Marriage Counselor

I think many of you know that this is a very difficult time of year for me, so what I try to do is make sure that I’m working during this time. All I wanted to do was shoot a great film and try to keep my mind off the holiday grief that I have been experiencing for the past two years. I could not have imagined I’d be getting all these emails about Kim Kardashian. I HAVE SEEN THEM!! YOU HAVE BEEN HEARD!! …LOL. Now, may I say something? Can a brother get a word in?….LOL. Y’all gave me a new movie title, Tyler Perry’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman Cause You Hired Kim Kardashian, Don’t Make Me Take Off My Earrings and Boycott Yo A**.”…LOL.  Some of my ladies are upset. Ok, all jokes aside, can I have my say? Will you at least hear me out?

I was in a Mexican restaurant and the cutest little old woman stopped me and said, “I want to talk to you about KAR-DAT- CHA-NEM.” I said, “Ma’am?” She said, “What is wrong with you putting her in the lead role of your movie?” By the time I explained to her that she was not in the lead role and why I thought she should be in “The Marriage Counselor”, she said, “Oh, I see your point and I can’t wait to see the movie.” So, if you don’t mind, I’d like to share with you what I said to her then maybe you’ll see why I wanted her in the film.

This movie is about a young lady named Judith (Jurnee Smolett), who grew up in the countryside of Virginia in a trailer park. She was raised in the church by her mother Sarah (Ella Joyce). Judith married her childhood sweetheart Brice (Lance Gross) and had the perfect life until she graduated college and went to work in the big city.  After college, all she wanted to do was be a marriage counselor, but the only job she could find was working for a matchmaker named Janice (Vanessa Williams). Janice has several employees that work for her, including a woman named Ava (Kim Kardashian). Ava is constantly trying to influence Judith on everything from her shoes to her hair. Judith meets a man at work named Harley (Robbie Jones). Harley challenges everything in her life from her marriage to her husband to her faith. Meanwhile, Brice (Lance Gross), Judith’s husband works at a pharmacy owned by Mrs. Waco (Renee Taylor). Brice has just hired a coworker named Melinda (Brandy), who has some major demons that she is running from. In the end, the choices that both of these young women have made come crashing down on them and their lives will never be the same.  I wish I could tell you more, but I don’t want to ruin it for you.

After I finished writing this movie, I sat back and re-read it. Half way through my read, the gravity of what I had written hit me. I knew that this message was not only for my age group, but for all audiences, especially the youth.  ESPECIALLY THE YOUTH!!  YOUNG FOLKS NEED TO SEE THIS!!!   And not just the young people that follow me, but the young people that are following other young people, as well.  I wanted a younger cast, that’s why I put Jurnee in the lead and invited Lance Gross, Robbie Jones and Brandy.  About two months ago, long before I even heard about Kim’s marriage or divorce, I was trying to finish up the casting. I said to one of my producers, “who else is out there that young people are looking up to?” One of my producers showed me pictures that his daughter had taken of several hundred kids lined up around the corner to get into a Kardashian store. They wanted to meet Kim. I thought, what better person! She literally has millions of young people following her. I thought and still do think, that it would be very responsible of her to be a part of this film. To have the young people that look up to her, see her in a film that is about, what happens in life when you make the wrong choices. Whether you’re aware of it or not, to be honest with you I wasn’t, millions of young people adore her and are following her every move. If one of those young people see this film and find the strength to live a better life and not go through what these characters went through in this movie, then we have all done what I feel I’m being led to do here. I hope you understand. I really do!

And lastly, because I believe that my films speak from the inside out, why wouldn’t Kim Kardashian be invited into a film about Faith, Forgiveness and the healing power of God?  What is wrong with that??

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  • Jules

    What's wrong is that she is the kind of person who would do just about ANYTHING for money. Starting from her "career" starter (sex tape) to selling toilet paper. Not to mention her being a personification of consumptionizm and greed.

  • Etta Riley Minnesota

    Tyler it's your money, your time and your story. i will add this to my collect. well i didn't like the play, so i hope that movie is good, i don't have the play. God bless

  • Naylet Miami, FL

    I come from a place where people are all about money and appearances. In every shopping mall, highway, and department store, there are billboards with girls in bikinis sitting on top of luxury sports cars, and magazine stands with surgically enhanced models sporting diamond-encrusted sun glasses. There is no corner where you are not constantly reminded that you are not skinny enough, rich enough, white enough, and cool enough to be part of the social cliques here. The Tyler Perry films that I have watched in the past were an escape for me because they placed values over visas, morals over makeovers, and life lessons over lamborghinis. They weren't about the latest car one bought or the lipstick shade that matched best with an outfit. Kim Kardashian represents everything that I see in my city on a daily basis. Everywhere I go, I constantly see this woman in an advertisement or a commercial or a billboard. She is nothing new or refreshing like what I have seen in the Tyler Perry films of the past. I, as well as others, are frankly sick and tired of seeing someone that represents the materialistic propaganda that people see every single day of their lives. She is not a good investment for Tyler Perry'a film because putting this overrated "socialite" will turn people off. The public is getting saturated of Kim Kardashian "this and that" and the products she sells.

  • Trina New York

    Kim kardashian does is not a role model for young people. She is a woman who continually uses SEX to advance her station in life. I am the mother of two young girls growing up in this battlefield called America. Young black women need to arm themselves with a solid EDUCATION if the expect to sustain themselves and their families. It's bad enough women in regardless of race are looked at as being sex objects. I can't understand why you would choose such a shallow, whiny, materialistic human being such as Kim Kardashian to stand as a role model for young people. If this movie is targeted at young people, what is the core message you are trying to send. I teach high school students in one of the roughest neighborhoods in NYC. I see some of these kids and they are completely LOST!!! Young people have been so negatively influenced by the media they have no clue what is real anymore. What ever happened to VALUES such as intergrity, respect, and hard work. I guess if you are rich and beautiful you don't really need those things because someone will just pay you to flaunt your looks.

    • Daphne Brooklyn, NY #1592356

      I agree with you, Trina. Cast who you want, but don't justify your casting by saying "Kim is a role model for the youth." The question is, "WHY is Kim Kardashian so popular?" A sex tape!

  • carl

    OMG....black people. This is why no one wants to make black films. You guys build this man Tyler Perry up just to tare him down...all over Kim Kardashian casting. Some black people are so sad. It's moments like this that I am ashamed to be called black. I don't like any ONE black person speaking for me. Bené Viera and the rest of these clowns are just jealous of Kim K because she is fine as hell....and it looks like they may be Jealous of Tyler Perry success too. Bené Viera just mad because Tyler didn't read her script or sign her napkin or something stupid like that. And if he turned her down, Bené Viera behavior just re-enforced his decision to not sign her napkin or read her script.

  • megan ohio

    Tyle Perry, I think as a Chirsitan man.. not black just as a CHRISTIAN MAN.. You should understand that placing Kim Kardashian in your movie is not a wise decision. You say she is a role model?? In what way??? Lets see this is the same woman who posed for playboy, half neaked in all her photos, OH and she has a sex tape. Unless Kim came out and say JESUS is the ONLY WAY.. she has no buisness in these movies.... Or do you even still beleive that JESUS is the only way Tyler??? YOU need to not FORGET about THE GOD who GOT you to where you are!!!!! HE SEES ALL AND HEARS ALL TYLER! I pray that God speaks to you clearly about this and I pray that you listen.

  • Sharon Washington, D.C.

    " I wish I could tell you more, but I don’t want to ruin it for you.' Why bother. Judith and Brice haves affair with their coworkers; they split up; everyone tells them what they should or should not do and in the last 10 minutes, they get back together and everything is fine. Why is that any different from any other movie you've written. Spoil it....you tell the same story over and over and over and over and over.

  • v South Florida

    Dear Tyler, I love, love, love you and all your movies and plays. That said, I won't pay a penny to see anything Kim Kardashian is in. She is not a role model for our young people. No respect for herself, no education, no class. And she's not that pretty or young. I know everyone makes mistakes, but she just keeps doing the same stuff over and over. I just wait till your next movie comes out, I'm sure it will be worth the wait.

  • AllBlackEverything New Orleans

    T y p i c a l... and who'd of thought that you'd succumb to films stereotyping Blacks... Wait, that’s it- EVERYONE THAT SUBSCRIBED TO YOUR PLAYS! They were already chuck to the max with coonery, but the familiarity of the characters in a church-like way was the key to the large following. The difference? You have eased from the Christian tone of what made you famous and have reduced your talent to obtaining the services of a video sex tape trollop who makes a living dating self-hating Black men and making a mockery of the sanctity of marriage. Seems like in movies if Black women aren’t the whores, they are the mammy, the molested, the hood rat, or so "dick-mo-tized" they’re stupid- the perpetual victim. I contend many Blacks have long since stopped supporting these type of films and shows but whites have signed on because you (like many others with the capacity to actually augment the prescribed displays) have a knack for showing Blacks in a way that whites (and many Blacks) feel comfortable with viewing us- maladaptive, sad, and as a joke. I guess there is no market for a movie about a married Black couple that went about life the Christian way, or the little girl who's family was so rooted in faith she was able to navigate through life’s problems seamlessly. Why can't a Black woman (hell, or even a man in YOUR films) save the day, solve mysteries, be the boss without all the typical “colored” arguing, interpersonal relationships, or banter? Why can’t movies show Blacks living in spite of slavery and racism opposed to as a result of it? Keep it 100 and simply say you were "'bout that paper" on this one, brother. For that, I wouldn't be mad- I'm clearly NOT going to go see the film, but ain’t mad at cha... but by NO means insult our intelligence with this mess about "young people need to see this" and "millions of kids look up to her". We ALL know that children are impressionable and are often a victim of their youthful bad decision-making. When they see Kim in your film, they aren’t thinking about making a positive change- they’re SEEING how someone who has done and continues to do things with ill repute successfully beat out those who have built their lives and careers on serving the community and being a REAL example for youth (often at a financial penalty to them) all because YOU are more interested in how many youth she has “following” her opposed to WHY they are following her. Responsible sir? Really? What does if profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Congratulations on your power move that is sure to prove effective in filling movie theaters and good luck.

    • Keeping 'em Honest Find Me If You Can #1592467

      This is one of the realest responses to the despicable tripe Perry wrote. Don't try and insult intelligence just to make a buck, Tyler. You're putting in sex-tape trollop, over-plastic-ed Kim in that film because it will draw in more of the same numbers of the lower denominator your "work" (and much of the tripe that comes out of Hollywood, to be fair) depends on to sell seats/tickets. Because in your world that's all you care about - how many tickets you can sell. Youth looking up to Kim Kardashian - or any of that ilk - is what is wrong with the US in so many ways, from education, poverty, inequality, social-cultural mores & values, etc. *Sigh* But I'm preaching to the choir. We all know what it is. Keep shuckin' & jivin' Mr. Step-N-Fetchit 2.0 (or are you 3.0 now?). Make that money. I hope it keeps you warm at night when you can't find any pretty boy to buy.

  • Krystal Kendle Austin, TX

    Mr. Perry, I commend you for "trying" to explain your decision; even though I truly feel it is ultimately about the mighty dollar. If you DON'T understand why this is such a big deal for US, meaning black women, then MADEA is truly a character to YOU and NOT a real person like she is to ALL of US!!! We are not trying to keep you in a BOX just for US to enjoy BUT there are so many beauitiful, intellegient, role models that are BLACK that you could have chosen. President Obama said as for his daughters Malia and Sasha he'd rather they not watch "Keeping up with the Kardashians"...nuff said!!!

  • Lonnie

    I, honestly, do not buy the explanation of your choice of Kim, but then again, if we are being real about it, you don’t REALLY have to explain your choice to me or anybody else for that matter. I have to agree with the majority of posters on here; there are sooo many other more talented actresses you could have picked (color not EVEN the issue, we’re talking about talent here). Yes, this woman is famous for her……infamy, but, hate her or love her, she is a business woman, and she flipped that tape just like a real estate investor would flip a bad piece of property. I am, by no means, a Kardasian fan, or how they come across in the media. They are disrespectful and overall just set bad examples for our young ladies to follow. But then again, that falls back on the parents; what are you allowing your daughters to watch and follow? Well, I said all that just to throw in my two cents (like everyone else on here) LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!! WE ARE MISSING THE BIG PICTURE HERE!!! We, who claim to be Christians, firing off about God and Christianity. Christianity is based on second chances; third and fourth too, for that matter. Mary Magdalene was caught in the very act of sin and the crowd was there to stone her to death, now did they have a right to? Sure, it was the law. Do we have a right to dislike Kim and what she stands for? Sure, but to steal an over played cliché; ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ To exclude Kim for what she did in that tape would be the same as Jesus allowing the stoning to take place as He stood quietly by. FORGIVENESS SAINTS!! For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God. I am not a fan or Mr. Perry’s choice in casting her, but I am a fan of forgiveness. I am now a youth Pastor, but if you knew the man I USED to be, you would be scratching your head, wondering “who would place this man in charge of their kids?” but for God and His mercy. Grace is getting something you don’t deserve, but mercy is NOT getting something that you DO deserve. Saints, have mercy on this woman. That is the chief complaint against Christianity today, the hypocrisy. Let us rise above that incorrect stigma, I pray. SELAH

  • TJohnson Washington DC

    Good Morning, I have been at my desk reading the letters, the blogs, post and etc. What is the problem black people? Why is someone like Kim Kardashian stirring up such an uproar for everyone??? Those girls been popular, not from a sex tape, but because they were caucasian, fashion savy, and daddy had a whole lot of money; not to leave out their momma told them how to get the cash as well. Anyway, Tyler Perry has done an outstanding job with keeping his sistahs, and brothas employed... The more films he makes, the more blacks will be employed.. yall mean to tell me because he put a white girl in his film yall trippin? Grow up black people, and let the man finish doing what he needs to do to keep our peoples checks comin in... I am so sick and tired of white this and black that, leave that mess alone and try to get your hustle on.. someone stated in another post that Martin Luther Kings dream was for black, and whites, and latino, and purple people, and green people to come together as a people.. not to keep using the white man as an excuse. Kim Kardashian should not be a threat??? Little do yall know, if we dont support him, then there will be no Tyler, there will be no black movies. I love Spike Lee as well, but he not puttin out like he used to. How many black TV shows do we have? Who put them out? All of our black shows have been cancelled, and we have a man who is a part of keeping our shows running, and putting some laughter in our lives. With all the many travesty's we have going on in this world, this is nothing... All Im saying is, look at the big picture, and lets get past this little situation. If it wasn't for him, some of our black actors and actresses would not even have a job. Hats off to Tyler Perry, and keep doing what you do!! Cant please everybody...

    • kitty #1593112

      @TJohnson: finally, the voice of reason!

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