A few weeks ago we reported that Malcolm D. Lee, the director of The Best Man, wasn’t a big fan of Tyler Perry. Now Idris Elba has sounded off on Perry as well. As a guest speaker at Rutgers Universityâ€™s Newark campus, Elba said:
â€śCan I be candid?â€ť he asks before turning to face the audience directly. â€śI donâ€™t like all of Tyler Perryâ€™s films. Yes, I did work with Tyler for â€śDaddyâ€™s Little Girlsâ€ť because it portrayed a positive image of a black father. I am happy for Tylerâ€™s successâ€¦we need Tyler Perryâ€¦by going to support his movies, we need to show economic strength. But we are also responsible for elevating film. Iâ€™m not with buffoonish characters like Madea or Big Momma.â€ť
Some are shocked at Elba’s comments. But is there an unspoken rule that Black actors and directors cannot express themselves on the Tyler Perry phenomenon?Â Of course there will be rants that he is a “hater,” but maybe Elba, a Golden Globeâ€“nominated actor, made an informed opinion. It’s not as if he is a novice or known for ridiculous work. Idris Elba is probably one of the most respected actors out there today.
The London native also gave some insight on the lack of Black actors nominated for an Oscar this year. Halle Berry and Idris Elba were the only Black actors nominated for a Golden Globe this year.Â Elba said, “The Oscars arenâ€™t designed for us â€¦ Letâ€™s focus on making more films.â€ť
I think that perfectly sums up this year’s award season.
Speaking of awards, check out the list of Oscar winners from last night.
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