Well, the battle of the Black directors continues.

Apparently, Tyler Perry is tired of being asked about what Spike Lee thinks of his films. Tuesday, during a press conference to promote his latest flick, Madea’s Big Happy Family, Perry went off after being asked by a reporter about criticisms of his work.

“I’m so sick of hearing about damn Spike Lee,” Perry said. “Spike can go straight to hell! You can print that. I am sick of him talking about me; I am sick of him saying, ‘This is a coon, this is a buffoon.’ I am sick of him — he talked about Whoopi, he talked about Oprah, he talked about me, he talked about Clint Eastwood. Spike needs to shut the hell up!”

Tyler calls out Spike by EURnews

The directors’ beef stems from a 2009 comment in which Lee hinted—ok, down right asserted—that Perry’s films harkened back to the bad old days of cooning.

“Each artist should be allowed to pursue their artistic endeavors, but I still think there is a lot of stuff out today that is coonery and buffoonery,” Lee said. “I know it’s making a lot of money and breaking records, but we can do better.”

During the press conference Perry went on to say he doesn’t understand why people, especially Black people, criticize his work.

“I don’t even understand it. There’s so many people who walk around…and this is where the whole Spike Lee thing comes from — the negativity, ‘This is Stepin Fetchit,’ ‘This is coonery,’ ‘This is buffoonery’ — and they try to get people to get on this bandwagon with them, to get this mob mentality to come against what I’m doing.

But what they don’t understand is this, and this is what I want to make perfectly clear to everybody, especially black people: I’ve never seen Jewish people attack Seinfeld and say, ‘This is a stereotype.’ I’ve never seen Italian people attack The Sopranos, I’ve never seen Jewish people complaining about Mrs. Doubtfire or Dustin Hoffman and what they were doing in Tootsie. I never saw it. It’s always Black people, and this is something that I cannot undo.”

As The Root aptly pointed out, I guess TP never heard of UNICO and their criticisms of Jersey Shore, Mob Wives, and films and TV shows that portray Italian-Americans negatively.

Either way, Perry’s tired of hearing about Spike Lee…but does Spike have a point? Can Tyler Perry “do better”?

You tell us!


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  • one things

    one thing I dont understand about black men. I would never say a bad thing about them. However, i feel that one thing they do to each other black men and especially blakc women the disrespect thing bothers me alot. You dont have to like somebody but beep do you have to sit there and degrade and break down and malign and talk about that black man or woman in race like that. If dont like someone you dont like htem but there should be a code where one should not go within your own race at least. Be a civilzed being dont act like a beast. Dont live up to your stereotypes dont make people percieve that you are worthless because you have no respect for your own or yourself. It disgusts me!

    You have a right to an opinon and you can tbe sensitive to critizing because sometimes other black people are frustrate with each other but there should be a code as to far to go.

    Could they have talked privately after they made initail comments to one another. Spike gave his opinon, tyler does not like. Ok. now take htat behind closed doors or lock it forever. Spike had the right to criticize on this one. He had critizcize someone else gosh cant think of his name eastwood for not having enough black ppl in his films. I think if he puts none that he has the right. id ont know him i like to believe he didnt even see it aht way or there was a war film he didnt put black men in. So, okay make a film where you make up for what you feel he was lacking.

    But, I dont feel he was wrong for saying what he said about tyler. If tyler had said the same about him he had the right. I think he has the right to say he didnt appreicate his statements now they should leave it be or take each other down behind closed doors.

  • hey

    I hate when fight cant we all get along. See that is why no one should follow me hope cause I cant stand people! LOL….Just sick, evil and petty people. I just dont like people!

  • Glenn

    I went to see Tyler Perry’s movie For Colored Girls. This was the most deplorable movie I had evered seen in my life. It totally degraded black women, men, and black families. It portrayed black women as strong, mentally unstable, rude, obnoxious, whores, that have no regard for black men. The lesbian overtone was very wicked. Tyler Perry does not challenge black people to think at all. He says and acts out the obvious. Black people need to demand more from him. Yes he has gotten a way too easy with mediocrity. He has the money and resources to provide better story lines; not always showing something about rape, battered women, and scorned women. Come on Tyler, how about a story line showing black families how to really make it, supress the drama that does nothing but entertain, and show our black boys and girls something other than the regular satire that does little to improve the life of black families.

  • Jess

    If you hated “For Colored Girls”, you’ll definitely hate “Madea’s Big Happy Family”. We won’t eventalk about his HORRID portrayals of young Black women.

    Face it, Tyler Perry is a coon who has some serious hate issues towards Black women. Spike Lee is right – Tyler Perry is a coon and buffooon!