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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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  • rebecca baer temple, tx

    Mr. Perry, I admire you, always have, and admire you more when I heard about your life as a child,how you overcame all the hardship victorious! You have a strong spirit and a unique sense of humor. So, I am wandering and I am trying to use my words as respectfully as I can, since I am speaking to a man I admire and look up to, but why in the world would you cast Kim Kardashian in any movie. Have you not heard even 1 thing she has done for the sake of money? The list is so long it tires me. I will not be spending my money on this movie and believe me I have seen all of your movies. LOVE THEM! But for the sake of all that is right, all that is genuine, and all that is humane, please rethink your decision. There are so many other women in the industry that would be so fitting for this role. If you have to go to Boycottkim.com and read a few of the statements,and maybe you will change your mind. Only then will I see the movie and spend 8.00 for a box of popcorn.

  • Me Md

    Because you have a fan base this do not make you a role model. Where do we begin again to teach our children? I understand the message you want us to receive, but at what cost. All for box office ratings? Money? There are plenty of women you could have chosen. CHOICES, WE all have them. Where is your loyalty to your fans.? Do you really hear us? Is it so hard to tell Kim no. Who are we that we don't matter to you. But...it is your right & your movie & your money. You make me feel like I supported you, purchased all your DVDS, seen all you plays you have done in Md but I guess one less fan will not make a different.

  • mamabear Maryland

    Tyler I think your decision is fine. Only you know the messages you hope to convey through this movie, and only you know the lines, gestures and such that Kim K. will use in her role. When you combine story lines from your plays into your movies you still end up creating a product worth watching. Diversity is a beautiful thing and I feel that you present us with challenges to our own personal fears, beliefs and convictions. In consideration of the lifestyle the office asst. character posed in the play, Kim K. definitely fits the bill. If anything, she is familiar with being over-the-top and not being morally centered. Using her may increase your following, sound business decision there, but secondly will hopefully convey the message of "Don't be like me" something her fans, and yes she has plenty, may actually need to see/hear in a different light. All that flash, pomp and 'fake' reality adds up to a poor spiritual state that is lonely and empty at its core. She probably gets that already, but with your directing, will hopefully tout that message clearly on the big screen. I do not see you supporting her choices or her lifestyle but simply using them as a teaching tool for the masses. Unfortunately, too many people do not understand that role models can be good or bad, and should check out Webster to read the definition. She is a role model. NOT a positive one, but still a role model. People old and young alike look up to others for their own personal reasons, whether they are good ones or not. Misguided or not. Again, your messages and vision for this movie are your own, but you have my support regardless. God bless.

  • Ava US

    Tyler I liked your explanation about hiring Kim K. I must admit I think that the majority of negativity toward her role in your movie has more to do with the fact that she was in Playboy Magazine.' Personally I could care less but you are hoping to add a new younger audience to your already large fan base. And there are many more choices out there without the history of nudity, profanity, etc. Like I said though I love your work so I eagerly await the remake. However, I don't think I will ever get over Palmer Williams, Jr part in the original play:) He was hilarious. Good luck God Bless and May people open their minds to this:)

    • rebecca #1633601

      Here we go. Not only did she pose for Playboy.....She sells wears and sells eal fur, has all her clothes made in a Chinese sweatshop, Will do anything for money,anything. Staged a fake marriage in which she pocketed millions. Used a man that thought she really loves him. Went to Haiti in a desperate attempt to pose as a humanitarian,stayed in a posh hotel and went to a fashion show, flew on a private jet , everyone else including Oprah flew commercial, Her claim to fame is a sick little p**** movie, is suing a girl because she "resembles" her on a commercial I think Old Navy, I am done. The list goes on. Don't take my word for it, read radaronline.com, or BoycottKim.com and many more.

  • Jan GA

    In Fact The Whole World, Is Full Of Lost UnGODly People, That Desperly Need The LORD !!! Not Just K.K. What Are We Christians Doing About It?

  • CG

    Tyler, I understand your heart for the lost which is beautiful, but God will not share His glory wbut God will not share His glory with any man. We don't need to use the world's methods for publicity we operate in a different kingdom. Kim posed for Playboy magazine & declared she was proud of it. She denies altering her body in spite of widespread proof. Proverbs 31 declares, " charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." I personally don't look up to her because she is not a positive role model for women. Use a woman that can be an even greater trend setter for the Lord, whose life matches what she believes on & off screen. Teach men that true beauty is internal. Remember David was considered least of his older brothers but Samuel said God looks at the heart, not as man sees appearance. There are a lot of good Christian actresses you might be overlooking that can make a greater statement because they operate in authority over darkness. Do I judge Kim? No, but just as you wouldn't trust a singer to give you surgery, you shouldn't trust just anyone to lead you spiritually. I ask you pray & fast on this because you are in a plave of influence. The Bible is clear on how women are to carry themselves & we may not get attention like Kim but we need to care about God's attention. Be careful you do not lead others astray.

  • Joan White NewZealand

    l o v e . i t :)

  • Amber Mays Landing NJ

    That's Good... I jus wanna say that I LOVE YOU

  • SM Jxn, MS

    Great Job Tyler! Keep up the good work! I think it's important to have a cast that has consist of different races. I think it's important to have a cast with people who are controversial. It sells tickets and it makes the movie interesting. Thanks again! SM

  • Linda St. Paul, MN

    Tyler, keep doing what you do and know that there are more people who has your back and will continue to support you than those who don't and will not. You have been blessed with a gift and you must continue to move forward.

  • Colleen Danbury,CT.

    Dear Tyler Perry, Do what you do, we have loved all you have done this far. If you think Kim K. can best get your message across to young people, then we need to trust that your right. By the way I love Madea. MAY GOD continue to Bless you. Have a wonderful day

  • nicole ky

    I understand why you say you want her in the movie. i think the reason so many people are upset is because if the way she did things. Such an elaborate wedding and you don't even give it a chance. I mean most of your movies talk about the challenges that we face in life and marriage. She didn't even try to work things out. Marriage is not easy and the message she sending and you seem to be okay with is the if its too hard just quit!

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