‘Tyler Perry Is Malt Liquor For The Community!’ Petition Created To Kick Director’s New Shows Off OWN

May 31, 2013  |  

Source: WENN

As has become the tradition among disgruntled citizens seeking change, no matter how big or small, a petition has been created to stop Oprah Winfrey’s Network, OWN, from broadcasting Tyler Perry’s new shows.

This past week, OWN saw the debut of two of the director’s new series, “The Haves And The Have Nots” and “Love Thy Neighbor,” and both delivered impressive ratings for the network which is just now on the mend. On Tuesday night, “The Haves and The Have Nots” brought in 1.77 million views during its first episode, with the second episode, which aired directly after, brought in 1.8 million to become the highest rated show to ever debut on OWN. Similarly, “Love Thy Neighbor,” the Madea-esque series that aired for the first time Wednesday evening, brought in numbers just as high, with 1.65 million views for episode 1 and 1.8 for episode 2.

Someone who we can be sure wasn’t about of that debut viewership is the originator of this change.org petition urging OWN to drop these new series, Eva Vega. Vega wrote:

For decades Oprah Winfrey has used her television show to educate, empower, and uplift people of all races to be better versions of themselves. OWN has committed to be an extension of this work.

Where it is clear that neither Oprah or Tyler Perry are not experts on race and racism, they have also refused to utilize feedback from the conscious Black community and scholars on racism regarding the damage that Tyler Perry and his brand of entertainment perpetuate against the Black community.

Stop supporting racist stereotypes on OWN and remove Tyler Perry programming!

Then, in a letter specifically to Oprah Winfrey, Vega defends her stance even further, saying:

So far only 89 people have signed the petition, which I doubt will make much of a difference to OWN. There’s no way Oprah and the execs who have been waiting for a return on their investment in the network since its start in 2011 will let this cash cow go. Need we remind you of the numbers? Besides, despite the fact that Tyler Perry’s productions are simple — both in concept and execution — I disagree with the idea that he’s hurting anyone. More often than not, beneath the cheesy lines and over dramatizations there is usually a lesson to learn.

We’ll be following this trail to see just how much headway this petition makes. What do you think about it? Will you sign?


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  • Confused by the bias

    I do not agree that he is hurting the black community in any way. I also do not believe that what he characterizes is a “stereotype” of black people. Yes, he may overdramatize his characters. However, the things he writes about are real things going on in some neighborhoods in our country. Thus, his writings bring awareness to things going on that maybe some people need to do better with. Reality is, some black people want to continue in their own self-destructive and dysfunctional ways and don’t want anybody to speak on it. I don’t see anybody signing petitions to do away with the horrible reality shows of black women tearing each other down like Real Housewives or Love and Hip Hop. So it’s ok for black women to beat the crap out of each other, curse like truckers, and sleep around? I’m confused by the bias here? Smh

  • Tiera

    As of 6/4 there are 251 signatures if people posted this on twitter and facebook it will have millions of signatures!

  • Guest

    As of

  • Lostnlost

    The problem I see is that we expect one person to represent the entire black community. This is so crazy to me. We need Tyler, Spike Lee, Shonda Grimes, Cosby, different types of black people. The funny thing is people critize the Cosby show and said that it was unreal to have a household with 2 professional black parents. What is it that people want. There are so many other channels to watch. And, this is the first time I’ve seen 2 black people back each other up.

  • Krissy5

    You know, this really isn’t about TP, it’s about Oprah. TP has his audience, a formula for his melodrama, and networks to carry his shows, distributors to distribute his movies. he’s fine. So why would OWN, a network that is supposed to be about uplift and positivity show such a trashy show like this? That is really my question and problem with this whole scenario. I am not a big fan of TP’s work but I am also not one to begrudge his success. Black people are not a monolith, hence oprah should not feel so compelled to air such trash just because he is her friend with a specific target. If she were his friend, she would tell him to start over and get Shonda Rimes to help him. . lol. But seriously, it seems like SHE is selling out and showing signs of desperation if she needs TP’s help.

  • FromUR2UB

    I won’t sign this petition. I guess the reason I haven’t seen it already is because it’s going nowhere. What I don’t get is why Ms. Vega hasn’t started a petition against malt liquor. She might have gotten at least 100 signatures for that.

  • There are SO many other things in the media (music, literature, television shows/movies) that are more damaging to our community, that are worthy of real protest, versus Tyler Perry’s work. In many ways, this protest relates directly to what Tyler was talking about in his interview earlier this week; when people see something that doesn’t speak to them, they get angry, and want it to be taken away, instead of understanding the message for what it’s worth. Furthermore, the “malt liquor” comment implies that only uneducated, unenlightened people watch his work, that Black people don’t know any better than to turn away from what’s bad for them. Part of the problem is that we don’t have as many outlets or people to represent our stories as the dominant culture does. But just because someone doesn’t like or understand his work, doesn’t mean that it is devoid of value. This woman, and others like her, need to have several seats and take a lesson or two in compassion. Why is there always this need to tear each other down unnecessarily?

  • 31 Year Old African-American M

    If a petition should be started it should be to these radio stations and executives who play such awful music that harms the images of African-Americans and our ancestors. Furthermore, a petition should be started to take these awful Love of HIp Hop Atlanta and Married to Medicine dramas off the air. Tyler Perry’s fictional sitcoms are not the best but their quality is a lot better than the music that broadcasts on urban radio stations. I am concerned about BET and their format, it is so denigrating to the African-American experience. The anchors on 106 and Park cannot even speak using correct grammar and diction. I would sign a petition against BET programming and these other shows before I ever would anything the OWN network broadcasted.

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  • TC

    I believe that we can be our worst accusers and critics. Am I sick of Madea? Yes! My response…I don’t watch it. Simple as that! What we must remember is that (as Tyler has stated in the past), Madea is a REAL PERSON. She is a mix of women in his family. These situations are REAL SITUATIONS in someone’s family. It may not be mine or the next person’s family, but these things happen everyday. Should the family that can relate be ashamed of themselves or family members? Aunt Hattie….I have an aunt like her. Joe, Madea’s brother…have an uncle like him. They are my family and that’s who they will be. Holidays are hilarious! As for the Haves and Have Nots, it is not an answer to Scandal. It is similar to the movie, “The Family that Preys”. However, how many previous non-TP movies have had the same story line with a black man and white woman or a white man and white woman? He is not the first and will not be the last. I may not like every play, movie or tv show but I just don’t watch it. I give him major credit for keeping black actresses, actors, stage crew, production managers, etc EMPLOYED!! He makes a conscious effort to ensure they are given a shot at living their dream, which Hollywood does not! What is more stereotypical and damaging to the community are the reality shows (unscripted). That’s where efforts should be placed for petitions.

  • TK

    TV shows, movies, books, music..it’s all art and entertainment. It doesn’t have to always reflect the images we would like to see. We should be glad we live in a free enough society that we can freely express ourselves free of persecution. If one doesn’t agree with what Tyler is doing then go out and do what you think is better but as a people (Black people) we should be supporting one another instead of always tearing each other down. I don’t like all his movies and play and think that it’s time his story lines evolve but as a writer I will always support his effort because that is how things change-but someone being brave enough to get out there and try something/anything.
    And I love how for the most part all the comments here are always insightful and positive ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kenedy

    I don’t watch any of Tyler’s work…but dang, can a brother live? let him do his thing..he’s not selling crack

  • Atin

    It is so sad that when an educated black man is doing so well, so many people try to bring him down. People may not agree with his movies or like him, but there is a lesson in his movies and he’s overcome his obstacles. We don’t talk about the black males who aren’t positive role models but we find so much wrong with the black positive role model. And when I say we, I mean Americans, not just blacks.

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  • Rene

    SMH!! Pure foolishness. Tyler Perry isn’t hurting anybody. If it bothers them that much then don’t watch his shows, movies or plays. Plain and simple! People just trying to seek attention. #please

  • sequoia

    lawd can we have one show that is not picked a part. yes his shows are kind of the same but the characters are people you can identify with or relate to. Chill relax let us enjoy the show and remember nobody is forcing you to watch it. its not even real its fiction there are children starving in real life but people would rather petition about a tv show. Priorities of today hmm!!

  • kb

    Leave Tyler Perry alone! Miguel is right, black people are too judgemental! I never been a fan of Madea or anything he has done, but it is obvious that he has niche, and people like him.

  • rosalind blue

    Let me tell you something once more……comic relief is just as important as that spoonful of medicine so to speak.Laughter is great medicine. I don’t know why you continue to call the programming stereotypical! I don’t know where you have been, but we actually live with persons portrayed, we love them just the same, be they brother, mother, sister father, cousin, uncle, friend or stranger. How do you think our people have survived throughout 400 something years? Know this…..comic relief played an important part. I enjoy seeing my people in a variety of roles, but would choose comedy over violence, war or sex anytime. You can bet that there are a very few wannabe something else, who dare to complain and protest. You could be getting worse programs I assure you. The important thing here is that we are being entertained, people are being creative, enjoying themselves, and people are working. Did you hear me? working! When I want to immerse my self in some other programing I know where to look. Leave Tyler alone, Puhleeeze!

    • Toni

      Well said…If Ms. Vega is worry about shows hurting the Black community, she need to be trying to get some of these reality shows kick off that have black women fighting, cursing and just acting a complete fool.

      • If you write the petition I will sign it.

      • MissRealuminatti

        Thank you!!!

      • FromUR2UB

        Yeah! Isn’t funny that no one is trying to do anything about those? Most of those reality show people are just younger Madeas in better clothing. I don’t even watch the shows but know who the “characters” are on them because I hear about them so much. Real people acting stupid and messy are always more of a threat to our community than fictitious characters.

    • FromUR2UB

      We could return to having no shows or movies. I think that would make people happier.

    • Go TPS

      OMG…I could not have said it better myself…hateraid is pouring bigtime! You just cant please black people.

  • Sunnii Dae

    Uggghhh!! You people make me tired. We officially have nothing better to talk about.

    • Yeppers

      Hunny NOTHING!!!

    • Madame

      I totally agree! ๐Ÿ™‚ Get over it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • get real

    See TP saw how black women supported the Scandal, so now he had to double back and make him a knock off. He knows that black women love that Olivia Pope (bed wench)relationship with that white dude. So now he makes series with that beautiful dark skinned sister making out with an old white dude. I mean he will make anything just to cater to black women. But hey, as long as you black women support and keep the millions lowing, can you blame him?

    • bigdede

      This is NOTHING like Scandal. Just because a Black woman is sleeping with a white man does not automatically make is a Scandal redux. There have been hundreds of tv shows over the years that had a Black woman with a white man before Scandal came out. The Have nots is just like the movie The Family that Preys. Remember in that movie a Black woman was sleeping with a white man. Did Tyler have a future vision that Scandal will have an interracial couple so he decided to do a movie to copy Scandal. SMH Not everything is Scandal. Thank goodness he gets these Black actresses jobs otherwise we would have not the dark skinned beautiful Tika on our screens.

      • get real

        I can see how white people think all black people are monolithic. Do all black women (well the MN crowd) think you gotta support Tyler Perry and this Madea madness? If the support is because “he gets black women jobs” then you guys are crazier then I thought. In Hollywood name one black A-list actress (whether A-list in looks or talent) that hasn’t sleep with or had some kind of romantic scene with a white man? (a no name white man at that)? Now you gotta see the same thing with a black director? I know you women here at MN think this stuff is some kind notch under your “ohh, black woman, white man” belt, but it’s not.

        • bigdede

          Actually you don’t see it that much in Hollywood. U see more Black men with white women in Hollywood. But I bet you love that and is first in line to see the white woman get hunched over by the Black man in movies and stuff. Also I don’t recall seeing Medea on Have Nots show. Maybe I’m wrong but I don’t recall. Bet you started watching Private Practice once Taye Diggs character got to be with that white woman.

          • get real

            I’ve never seen Private Practice or whatever the show is called. Name one black actress that hasn’t had a love with a white man. Just one. Whoever you name I bet I can tell you what movie she had a scene with a white dude in.

          • Tiera

            Here in Southern California there are tens of thousands of WHITE men with black women from laguna beach all the way up to malibu beach in the valley and every city in between north south east west etc. every year there are more and more and it is steadily growing i’ve lived here for 15 years!

        • MissRealuminatti

          Are you equally upset over all the male r&b singers and hip hop artist that only cast white, latina, or mixed women in their music videos? Of course not! Stop hating on bw/wm couples on TV.

          • get real

            Music videos? Another bird brained woman pretending to not get my point. Again, little brain woman, my issue is not interracial dating, it’s the “I only date white men/women” crowd that in my opinion, is dumb and self defeating. No if you reply don’t change up hat my bigger point is.

            • MissRealuminatti

              The moron is you and that’s why you have resulted to name calling. I see right through your double standards. I’m sorry that you are too dumb to realized that black men are always having non-black women in their videos but soon as shows like Scandal and Have Nots come around then it’s a problem. Go play basketball or go to sports blog – do something manly. What man hangs out on an all-female gossip site???

              • get real

                Double standard? How many times do I have to include even capitalize BLACK MEN who only date white women as mentally challenged as well? You and the other women are getting your rocks off with the constant mentioning of black men vs black women, not me. Again, pea brain, what does a music video have to do with white washed black people who date each other? Which was my initial point, Ms. Hemmings. So continue to not get that point. I bet you are single or have a black man as your mate, yet you want to jump in front of a bullet for bw/wm couples.Lol.

              • Krissy5

                You really are missing the point but to each his/her own. There are places and outlets for Tyler Perry’s buffoonery. And I liked Why did I get Married. However, OWN is supposed to have positive, uplifting type of content which was Oprah’s message from her Show. Now she has allowed this trash on her network? Doesn’t make sense. TP has TBS and movies in addition to his plays. Why did he make this ridiculous soap opera that doesn’t even compare to Shonda Rimes’ work. He only wishes he could write like that.

    • guest

      Just like his concept of Why Did I Get Married is almost mirrored from The Four Seasons an Alan Alda film from the 80s.

    • MissRealuminatti

      I wonder if the 89 people that protested were hypocritical black men. lol

      • Tiera

        251 as of today 6/4

  • get real

    I totally agree. Black women, how long are you guys going to support the unfunny Madea character? Madea goes to kindergarten, Madea graduates kindergarten, Madea goes to middle school, Madea is in the 9th grade, Madea becomes a senior in High School, Madea gradutes High School etc. And every movie is the doggone same. Those sitcoms have got to be the worse. And this Have, Have Nots show (which is a knock off of the disgusting show “Scandal” (with the whole black woman seduces old ugly decrepit white man) is the absolute worse. I mean this Have Nots show looks like the movie The Help almost, with black women dressing up like maids and all.

    • I did not even care to watch it.

    • jjac401

      I like many of Tyler’s movies (i.e. Why did I get married), but I cannot stand his Madea character – so I do not plan to watch Love Thy Neighbor because it is more of the same crap. I do however like The Haves and Have Nots so far.

    • MissRealuminatti

      I would rather watch black actors having an acting job than some ratchet black reality show where there’s no acting involved. At least this is make-believe. I wish Love and Hip Hop was scripted but sadly it’s a real (or supposed to be).