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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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  • j m

    You are a man who knows where God has brought you from. As we rise to the top, we have to remember the reason why God allowed us to reach our dreams. Remember, remember....

    • Anonymous #1591351

      J, you gotta check what you are saying, We dont know that god put him there? The Devil works the miraculous signs and wonders too in the end times, to fool even the very elect. How can you say god when the man dresses in drag which is against the bible and casts a leading lady because she is popular for popular sake because she made a sex tape full of lust and desire. Mr Perry has given himself over to the love of Money ( the love of Molech) as it says in the Bible. Remember the devil places people in positions of high power and influence to be able to lead the children and the very elect astray. Nuff Said!

    • Truth Texas #1591382

      With all respect, God (one and only, not god (idol)! Second, I definitely agree the enemy likes to come in disguise to fool the very elect? Anonymous, that he is! So we just gotta watch and pray. I said we gotta watch and pray!

  • Anjela

    Everyone is missing the biggest issue: HIS FIRST PARAGRAPH. Forget why he's using Kim, forget any of that. LOOK AT HOW HE DESCRIBES THE BLACK WOMEN WHO HAVE CONTACTED HIM. Look at how he thinks about black women. Exactly how he presents them in most of his films. smh!

  • Dedra Philly Area

    I have tried to stay away from this story, it's over populated and under important, compared to real world issues. But, I have to say that I don't see why people HATE this girl so much. She didn't shoot a puppy or sleep with her sister's man. She made a mistake; like we all do every year of our lives. I thought Tyler Perry fan's were christians and forgiving, doesn't the bible preach cast the 1st stone and glass house belief? You don't have to watch her, but don't vilify her for a moment of silly mindidness. He gives many, many black folks parts in film & tv, can he chose a non-black role once in awhile! Dang.

  • Lorriane Lynnwood, WA

    After reading these comments I felt I needed to put my two cents in. In Tyler Perry's defense he cast Kim K well before the event of her marriage and divorce. It is what it is, Kim K and her family have a huge following as well HUGE Twitter following. If she promotes the movie, the whole family is going to promote the movie; so more people are going to want to see this movie. Even if they have never seen a Tyler Perry movie before because she is in the movie. I also feel that if Kim K. was black Tyler Perry fans would be less forgiving of him casting her. Lets not forget Brandy, whose brother was the participant in the Kim K sex tape. She was the cause of someone's death because she was on her cell phone while driving on the freeway at 65 mph. Vanessa Williams who was Miss America title was taken away because she appeared in Playboy. Keep in mind the whole purpose of this movie is to entertain.

    • Phe phe #1591280

      Don't you mean more forgiving?

  • Alicia Georgia

    It is amazing that after reading Tyler's entire post, that some of these responses are so negative. Even if you agree that Kim is not a good role model. This movie is not about her. It is about reaching people to look at all the choices they can make good and bad. Some of you are reaching back to her father and even the OJ trail. Really??? Tyler's movies are positive and show both the good and bad in everyday life. Because last time I checked EVERYONE has gone thru something. I have a 7 yr old daughter that loves his movies and even at 7 she sees the positive and recognizes what is right and wrong and we can discuss them openly. Now I'm NOT saying that every movie he has done she has seen but those that i feel she will get something from YES! Stop focusing on one thing and expand your thinking. Casting certain people will reach more than his already established fan base. Some even say that all Tyler is looking for is money and Fame. He has money and fame why should he not use it to reach and touch people. He can p*** off 1 million closed minded people. But if he reaches 10 and they make better choices in life and are motivated to do better. Then he has DONE A GOOD thing. PERIOD. Come on folks !!!

  • Mica Powers United States

    Tyler Perry seems to be in it for the money now too!! Kim Kardashian = FAME & FORTUNE!!! J hope she causes the movie to FLOP!!! Kim is such a "role model".... She the WORST "role model" EVER. Just what I want my kids to act like...TRASH! Quite the "role model"!!!! FLOP...FLOP...FLOP is all I can say if he keeps her. And wouldn't that upset her PSYCHO mommy!!!!

  • Erik Chicago, IL

    I Agree with forgiveness is the key and if Tyler Perry finish the movie I will see it this one too I am not going to let this mess stop me from seeing this flim I say let God be the Judge not Us.

  • Jeanne McMinnville, tn

    Sorry Kim K has no acting abilities, she is obviously fake, and no matter how you cast her, she is foul mouthed, became famous for a sex tape, her father helped get O.J free of her murder charges, and that make her movie material? She is obviously an opp0rtunist. We long forgot about the Vanessa Williams thing and why she lost her crown.........but I did meet her in the airport......she is for sure NOT a nice person. She gives off the air of "holier than thou" attitude. You have had an awesome crew in the past, think maybe you should s**** with them. If you put Kim K in your movie, it will be the only one of your movies I will not own, nor watch. She does not hold the same values you do.

  • MJohnson MD

    To all who offended about Kim K. I just need yall to do me a favor please shut your mouth you all hypoccrite. Tyler is dressing as a female(Madea) that does not concern you when its abomination unto God " A man sholud not pertain what belong unto woman". But no you will go to theater and spend your money on Madea which is Homosexual and dictionry call it "drag queen" and you will get mad at kim k because shes in the movies. I will watch this movie and not boycott . why dont you boycott Madea because its a Abomination ? !!!!!!!!!!.

  • Naomi Dallas

    I am praying for you as you try to work your way through your grief. I know that work can be a diversion. Unfortunately, this Kim Kardashian scandal is probably not the diversion you had in mind. I don't particularly care whether you keep Kim in the film or not, but I am concerned that your fanbase will suffer because many of them are adamantly against her. Although you have been the African American community's golden child, I'm afraid you're about to experience their wrath. Kim has never been accepted by our people and this latest snafu has made her a pariah. Please do not damage your outstanding reputation. God forgives and so do we, yet, as my pastor says, "Forgiveness is immediate, but restoration takes time."

  • KRSCARES Missouri City, Tx

    Bottom Line: Good idea letting Kim be in the movie, she may get some much needed healing she needs. Remember y'all we can not put the move of God in a box, what better way for many of these young people to experience a move of The Holy Spirit. Good job listen to the Holy Spirit Tyler

  • Lynn Georgia

    I have enjoyed every one of your movies. The messages have been very clear and some have even hit home. I respect your reasoning for trying to cast someone believed to be a role model for some of her followers or potential followers. I am not a follower and from what I do see of her isn't a characteristic of a positive role model at all, isn't her tv show called reality tv. I see a younger crowd getting mixed messages. Kim K does not appear to have any real talent, except receiving plastic surgery and planning elaborate costly weddings and ending them before God gets the news! I hope you will reconsider casting her in your movie. She is damaged goods!

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