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"The typical Winston Jerome story starts with a beautiful, educated, professional black woman trapped in a troubled marriage with the brown-skinned bald dude from Law & Order.Then, a dude who looks like Shemar Moore shows up as the shirtless, light-skinned gardener who just got out of jail. At first she acts like she doesn't like the light-skinned gardener, but eventually gets to know him and sees his sensitive side. Being a good Christian woman, she gives her marriage one last chance because Jesus said so. Just when the brown-skinned dude from Law & Order is about to hit her, here comes the shirtless gardener. The woman and the gardener kiss, having found true love through Jesus."
The Boondocks, "Pause"

Tyler Perry is a mega-successful playwright/director/actor/producer/author whose film Diary of a Mad Black Woman shocked mainstream box office watchers by opening at #1. It was perhaps less of a surprise to his African American fanbase, who are familiar with his popular stage plays (from which Mad Black Woman and several other of his subsequent films were adapted), as the demographic for his films centers on black America.

Perry is perhaps most physically recognizable as his alter ego Madea, a violence-prone, loud-mouthed grandmother who has appeared in many of his movies. Madea is a contraction of 'Mother Dearest' = "Ma" Dea(r), a term used in the vernacular of many black Americans in the Southern U.S.

He and his work provoke a strong Love It or Hate It reaction. Some people appreciate his focus on church-going black middle-class characters, both as the subject of his stories and as the audience he typically courts (both of which have long been ignored by mainstream Hollywood). He has also earned respect for being a self-made millionaire who has managed to find success outside of the Hollywood system, and for casting talented black actors and actresses who are otherwise underutilized by Hollywood. However, he's also been criticized for Unfortunate Implications on several fronts. Some critics point out that Madea would be considered an Ethnic Scrappy if she were created by a white director, that educated black people in his plays/movies are frequently portrayed as villains while blue-collar black men are presented as virtuous, that corporal punishment and violence are viewed as acceptable punishments for rowdy children, and that it relies too much on the Gospel as the solution to all life's problems. Given the popularity of such films, it may either be pandering or cultural conflicts.

Regardless of which side of the fence one falls on, Perry's success is inarguable.


Tyler Perry's movies:


Tyler Perry's works contain examples of the following tropes:

  • ADCD: Regardless of how you may feel about his works, you can't question his work ethics. Working on so many projects (films, television, theaters, literature) had made him the highest paid man in Hollywood.
  • Ambiguously Gay / Mistaken for Gay: There have been several occasions when Perry has been accused of being gay because he dresses in drag as Madea and because he has admitted that he was raped by both men and women. This is considered a bad thing because his plays and films usually are popular among the black Southern Baptist demographic.
  • Amoral Attorney: Charles from Diary of a Mad Black Woman is this.
    • Linda from Madea Goes to Jail.
  • Author Appeal: Majority of his works are influenced by his faith.
  • The Bible: His works are filled with Baptist Christian influences.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Jokes on prison rape.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Another staple in Perry's plays, nearly to the point of Running Gag. Madea has been known to stop giving lines and fuss at people who came to the play late in character. There are also points where Perry will go off script and point out that they are in a play.

 Vienne: Madea, go upstairs to your room and close the door!

Madea: Girl, dis a play, there ain't no room and no door! (cue audience and cast laughter)

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