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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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  • lvlylady washington, dc

    Have you lost your ever loving mind? You will lose more than ratings of blacks to support you but you will also lose your base of people who made you before Kim and before Hollywood.

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  • marla oquendo

    Kim Kardashian is know for her looks and how many men she decides to sleep and hook up with on TV. If that is what you look for in a positive role model, then i guess high class hoochies and gold diggers are the profession women should consider. Gee maybe i should tell my daughter to drop out of school and use what God blessed her with to make a living.

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  • elizabeth seguin texas

    all i have to say is Tyler Perry has always made the best plays and movies. It doesn't matter who he get to play the roles his movie will still be great. i am not a kim kardashian fan but if he chose her he chose her for a reason. and on a personal note i am a white woman who is married to a black man and tyler perry's movies and plays have influenced our marrage , the way we deal with family and friends, and rasie our children thank you mr. perry. dont stop doing what u are doing.

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  • joyce maryland

    Comparing Kim to Vanessa is redicules. Vanessa had Talent and has talent. Kim has a big A.., greed and a love for black athletes because they help to promote her. Out with Kim !

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  • Amaza Buffalo NY

    First let me say Why must we put T Perry in a class of being just a black writer, director, producer? He is first and far most an American, with the ability to cast whom he chooses. We don't have the right to put him in a box when he has so much talent and as we all know has helped so many blacks and others in his movies. KK is her own worst enemy, yet she to is entitled to a chance. By the way I didn't hear anyone screaming why no white directors, writers or producers weren't hiring black actors. Why put all the blame on TP? Lets think about it!!!!!!!!!!

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  • lena makshanoff LOS ANGLES CA

    like i said before your online family loves you no matter what we will see M C

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  • anonymous louisiana

    Wow,well Mr.Perry,I will first say,I have just about every play and movie you've made and support you in supporting other black actors. Now,Im thinking you could've left off some of the lol, because this is a little more serious.Honestly,my first reaction to the casting of Kim K was "really,Kim? Come on now Tyler." Truthfully,I watch every reality show that the Kardashians have,as we are in the same age bracket and I love reality tv.On the other hand,I know the depth of a brilliant actress named Jurnee who has been in this business for a while, so I just found this extremely off key.KIM IS NOT AN ACTRESS! That's where the dilemna is,Im not concerned with her marriage or divorce.Some of us know talent when we see it,Kim is great for reality,but acting,not so much..We are not all,angry,black and hateful,so please stop portraying it that way.

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  • joyce Nairobi

    I disagree with you putting Kim Kardashian in one of your movies, I think it would be extremely difficult to seperate Kim the tv personality and her in a movie. I think she is a poor role model for kids and I think putting her in a movie feeds into all her hype. Being married for 72 days is totally unacceptable, I used to be ok with the Kardashians because I thought watching their show was a splendid way of passing my time (guilty pleasure) but after the 72 day marriage, I had to sit down and think about the stuff that I am feeding my spirit. Marriage should not be played around with, read Jesus's words, or Paul in the bible. SO the fact that you have a movie that is about marriage/ life choices then you have a person who has made the worst choices in her life seems like an oxymoron. Anyway, since you have made up your mind and like an earlier post said, its your film , you can do what you like, I just hope that it is able to accomplish the purpose that you set it out to. Very disappointed Tyler perry.

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  • Dee Crane, Texas

    Isn't our jobs as christians to bring the lost to Christ. What better way for her hear, and learn of our God.

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  • Tony Millard Sydney australia

    What rubbish from Anonymous all this complaining about Kim Kardashian Mr Perry you would be having the same problem casting Vanessa Williams 25 years ago there is nothing wrong with your casting look forward to the movie tony

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  • cookie Florida

    I have read so many comments and all I can say is wow the reason KK is so famous is because of bad publicity. We are so quick to judge all he is trying to do is bring a story to life he chose these actors based on the characters he wrote about. He brings a message with each film that is worth listening to. People if you dont like the person who is playing a character then just dont watch it but please dont put him down just because you dont agree with his choice, life is too short to dwell on the small stuff. there are people in the world that need to hear the messages he brings through his films. We focus to much on other peoples lives and we dont know what is truly going on in their life that they make the decision they make or even the actions they take. all we are hearing is rumors and gossip and what reality TV wants you to see. The Word says Life and Death is in the power of the tongue and wow isnt that the truth. well that is all I have to say about this. God bless you Tyler P God bless everyone have a wonderful christmas and a happy new year

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  • Saundra Mabry Chicago, IL

    Well....Mr. Perry....

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