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Tyler Perry Responds to Backlash for All-White Starring Cast in TLC Show “Too Close to Home”

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Amidst all of the chaos around the world regarding racial tension among Americans, black filmmakers, who’ve been known to open opportunities for black actors, have made a shift in their casting and creation.

A few months ago, Lee Daniels, best known for his hit show Empire, created a new series with a white lead actress, claiming the country needed to heal.

Now, Tyler Perry, best known for his films for black families, has gone a different route with an all-white staring cast for his new TLC drama series, “Too Close to Home.”

Both creators received backlash for their shift in production. Perry rejected the criticism, calling out the critics for “reverse racism.”

“That’s totally reverse racism, because it was coming from African-American people,” Perry said of the backlash, which was mostly on social media.

“I don’t know if it was because I should only be giving jobs to black people. Well, I think that’s ridiculous. If you look at the hundreds of black people I’ve given jobs to and even the ones I’ve made millionaires, people of color, I just think it’s unfair.”

“I’m just finding out more as I travel the country and world, the more I meet people, we’re all the same,” he told the Associated Press. “We all got the same dramas. So I’m not seeing color as much as I did anymore in the sense of our stories. Our stories are so similar.”

The series, set to return to TLC on January 4, follows a young woman named Anna who leaves Washington, D.C., after a scandal and returns to a trailer park community in her hometown.

“I know that world very well,” Perry said, reflecting on his own experiences of once living in a trailer park community. “The same stories I’m relating to and telling, it could be anyone black or white. I’m not trying to shine a light on a certain stereotype or certain people in a trailer park. It’s my own experiences from having spent time and sleeping there.”

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4 comments

  1. hang a black person

    I have a problem with you saying that African-Americans diverse of racism no such thing that’s something they trying to justify for what they did to us you need to read your history . When a black soldier would come home they would hung him In is army suit with the metals . They have a picnic hang a black person off the street and hunger . Every time we build our own communities . We making our own money they would terret down our community you heard of black Wall Street Tulsa Oklahoma do your black history before you speak about diverse racism . look what they did to BillCosby they said he did 20 years ago and y’all believe that bull crap look up your black history before you open your mouth about diverse racism . That’s their way of justifying what they did to us and you know what we fall for it every time that’s why we can’t get nowhere . Because we keep dealing with those Sanbo that’s against their own race . Who wrote the dictionary white people . African-American so easy to Fontaneda tracks look up your black history

  2. To hang on a black person your English is terrible what the hell are you really saying I’m so fucking sick of shit heads like you blaming me for shit that happend before i was even born there is racisim in this country and other countries because dumbasses like you install it in the children for real yo sack of shit none of us should be here we stole this land but you don’t see indians acting like your dumbass

    • ROFLD! When is the last time you were out and about and seen Native Americans? They have been almost wiped out and big businesses are trying to finish the job by messing with the water. But that’s not even what this post was about back to topic on hand. These filmmakers have made their careers from urban dollars. And you know we always on to the next thing and Perry could be looking to get the white mans dollars now. How many more movie you think he can make? His ratings are already slipping with people of color. NO one wanted to see him as John Cross ijs

  3. Ok. As a black man I feel that creative expression is ok as long as he continues to give opportunities and shine light on the black experience. He’s put in the work. He’s paid his dues. I’m done.

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