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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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  • Kim Oklahoma

    Mr. Perry, I love you and all the work that you have done. I have no doubt that this film will leave me motivated and inspired as all your films & plays have. I no problem with Kim K or with you casting her in your film. I do however have a problem with you calling her a role model to young girls. I must admit I watch her reality show but, I don't encourage my 16 to watch it. Mainly because in the past 3 seasons Kim has had aleast 3 sex partners (and is very open about it) and lets not forget the sex tape that after all made her famous. I do trust you and your judgement, I just hope you get this one right.

  • nina

    I agree Tyler. Whats the big deal about Kim getting a divorece in 72 days. People get divorced every day, every day people. Whats the difference if she does it. You can't let people control your life. We all are living our lives, just because she's on tv doesn't mean we have the right to judge her. She doesn't live for us. Who are we to judge this woman on her life. People are dying everyday and your worried about Kim Kardashian getting a divorce. Some people have som nerves.

  • Dre Baltimore,md

    Something is really wrong ya'll people! IT IS JUST A MOVIE. This man is not obligated to do everything that you want him to do. You did not create his success. You supported him because you liked his work. You weren't trying to do him a favor by seeing his movies. I will judge this film after I see it. I give him credit as being shrewd businessman. You don't have to see the movie. Skip it., but pease stop being so petty, childish and emotional. Don't you all have real issues that are far more important than who is in a movie.

  • Laurie Bias Little Elm, TX

    Dear Tyler, You are one of the most ... if not THE most BRILLIANT film makers I have ever seen. We have all been BLESSED with the opportunity to see your work, and hear your messages within. Anyone you choose to cast in your films, is your business. Anyone who thinks they have the right to say they won't support you unless you do what THEY want about what you are doing with your work, is sadly mistaken. And frankly, just mean. All that it has become is gossip and frankly, jealousy. NONE of us knows the real deal behind Kim Kardashian's wedding, Now I do not know their family personally, but I have watched their shows faithfully, as I have your productions and I feel I have a pretty good idea of how the family is. They do make money, and that tends to create huge jealousy in those of us who do not. I will state that I think the money has gotten a hold of the family a little bit ... meaning, they've figured out what makes money, and what doesn't. Most everyone in any business does this, as it is what it is ... a business. They must remember though, theirs is a REALITY TV SHOW ... so they must keep it as that. Enough with all of that ... you chose, from what I've learned about this, to cast Kim Kardashian before all of the stuff went down in HER relationship with HER husband. And yes, it was a very short lived marriage, but again, it's none of our concern. I do not think you will see any ratings drop in your movie. I honestly feel Kim was chosen for a reason, much larger than us. God has a way of speaking to each and every one of us through you, and I am sure Kim Kardashian will hear that message. I apologize for the lengthy message, and it's possible I am too late to say all of this ... but after coming across and reading some more about the whole situation, I couldn't help myself but say what's been on my chest. + I could say this a million times: You are absolutely BRILLIANT and touch us all in many different ways. If everyone could just sit back and wait to see what you do with your new movie, I'm sure everyone will be just as impressed as with every other one of your productions. Much Love and God Bless You, Laurie And PS - SHAME on ALL of the people who tried to manipulate the situation by saying they would not see your movie unless you got rid of Kim Kardashian. I don't know you personally, but I know you're a man of your word, and they should all know that as well. ♥ You are the best ♥

  • Someonefromthenorth

    Jesus teaches us not to judge and we should not judge...but Jesus also teaches that we shall know them by their fruit...nuff said

  • Kathie Texas

    People in this world are curious and some may come to see your movie that have never came just to see if Kim can act, since she can't dance ;-)

  • Not Good Enough Raleigh

    Mr. Perry, I hope that you are well. Please don't make our concerns out to be about angry or bitter black woman disliking Kim Kardashian. This is also not about her marriage. What I think many of us are looking for is a positive role model. Question, those young girls in your producers picture were they black and brown girls? This is also not about race, but please realize it is the black and brown people that support you most. What does the Kardashian television show represent? Who will you place in your movie next Paris Hilton or Lindsey Lohann, one of the women from basketball wives or the housewives of Atlanta? We want good movies with people who represent positive lifestyles. All of the people and tv shows I've named bring drama and keep women living and thinking low. Most young girls won't marry a baller or make it to hollywood. Please show them people who live reality not make money from reality shows.

    • Angela A. Musey Stone Mountain, GA #1609426

      It is unfortunate that your comments regarding no longer being a Tyler Perry supporter or that Spike Lee's public comments (tacky and inappropriate comments that is) have made you make such a drastic decision. Have each and every TP movie or play hit me the same way? Did I like every one equally? Of course not. When you go to a museum and view magnificent works of art by the same artist do you like each work equally? Of course not. Artistry is just that...in the eyes of the beholder. Don't be so left wing. Change comes from being open and nonjudgmental. That is why I encourage all to travel because it opens are hearts and minds to different ways of thinking and doing. Remember the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21) Honesty is the best policy...as long as it is combined with diplomacy. Shame on you for getting on your high horse like that. Shame on me if I continue to give your boycotting any additional energy.

  • Aila Farrd michigan

    ARE YOU GUYS SERIOUS! Stop being jealous and judgemental ok Kim K who are you all to thow stones? Who are you to point out her mistakes/sins? You can say "o she made a sex tape,o she had a (so called) fake marriage, o she's been with him him and him" but TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF! You're no angle. The things Kim has done is most likely what most of you done in a lifetime. You've most likely had sex before marriage. You've dated a lot of guys until you found the right one. H*** most likely your marriage didn't work out either...You're probably not even married and living in sin! Black women have their nerve of trying to boycotts someone when your black a** was the main one getting boycotted against! So stop being jealous useless bitter insecure poor excuse for women and do something productive with your life! KIMMY K I LOVE YOU YOU'RE DROP DEAD GORGEOUS AND I WILL SEE THE MOVIE TWICE FOR YOU DOLL!

  • Louise Ohio

    Role Model, forreal-sex tape, scantilly clad advertisements, phony marriage, phony Haiti trip? Has money made you that jaded that you will compromise on your religious beliefs? The scripture talks about let God be true and every man a liar-God is Holy and real, no matter how all of you in the so-called Chrisian realm, take down-shame on you!

  • Jerri Ohio

    Really? Famous for a sex-tape, phony marriage, false Haiti trip, nearly naked advertisements? Dare I say more? What about your religious beliefs? Has money jaded you that much that you consider her a role model?

  • Evie Coombs London, England

    I can't wait to see the movie Mr Perry. There is NOTHING wrong with you having Kim Kardashian in it. Personally, I am not a fan of hers and I choose not to judge her on her life and choices cos afterall, who am I to judge her. I leave judgement to God. I hope that this movie will be a positive experience for the both of you.

  • Shinille New York, NY

    I still don't think she should be part of the movie, she is a terrible example for young people. Young people idolize her, yes, but that doesn't mean she belongs in a Tyler Perry movie. And I know exactly what I am saying because I am 18 years old. I know that many decisions I make currently are wrong, so the celebrities i idolize now are probably not the best choices either. I love monkeys, does that mean they belong in one of your movies. I think she is a terrible choice for one of your movies and I wouldn't have her as an example for my pet dog.

    • Sandra California, USA #1607687

      Dear One, Your comment caught my eye because of your phrase, "...I know young people idolize her.....I'm 18 I should know....". I'm not sure you realized the magnitude of this statement. "Idolize". I believe one of the challenges facing young people now is that their "heroes" and "role models" are just that-MODELS". Organic Ken and Barbies; not true "heroes". There is a difference between "celebrity" and true talent. Celebrities have a life cycle that comes and goes quickly at the whim of an audience: You can substitute any celebrity's name here; but, it goes something like this: 1) "Who's KK?". 2) "Get me KK!" 3) "Get me someone like KK". 4) "Get me a younger KK". 5) "Who's KK?". I am pleased by your observations and encourage you to find a true hero as an inspirational role model,-Rosa Parks comes to mind. The best way to voice your opinion about something you don't like is to simply not purchase any products sponsored by the offending person or show. You may start out as one voice with a core value; but, think what would happen if 10 more or a hundred more did the same. The "problem" would disappear because it's all about the money. Watch or don't watch what you want for the entertainment; but, don't get caught up in the unimportance of celebrities. I have been around a long time and would not want to be 18 in today's world. It must be very difficult and confusing. What kind of future do you see for yourself when most programming depicts us floating around in space somewhere because we've blown ourselves up? At a time when well over half of our population's politics and interests are confined to finding daily bread and shelter, I personally find the "worship" of such wealthy and spoiled celebrities, (and athletes), disgusting. But, that's MY small voice. You have an astute mind and refreshing perspective for being 18. By the way, I like monkeys and might just watch the show to see them! I wish you well.

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