Spike Lee Says He “Loves” Tyler Perry Now: “One Day We Might Work Together”

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November 14, 2013 ‐ By

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I can always appreciate when individuals have very public or very vocal disagreements and can somehow, sit down, hash it out, and move on. And according to his interview with Oprah on Next Chapter recently, Spike Lee and Tyler Perry have done just that.

If you rewind back to 2009, that’s when things between the two popular directors went downhill. While speaking at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference, Lee said the following when speaking on the images of black folks in film and on television at that time, and brought up Perry’s work more than once:

“I think there’s a lot of stuff out today that is coonery and buffoonery. I see ads for ‘Meet the Browns’ and ‘House of Payne’ and I’m scratching my head. The image is troubling and it harkens back to Amos ‘n’ Andy.

All these characters are bait – disarming, charming, make you laugh bait. I can slap Madea on something and talk about God, love, faith, forgiveness, family, any of those.”

For Perry, his responses ranged from this: “It’s attitudes like [Lee’s] that make Hollywood think that these people do not exist and that’s why there’s no material speaking to them.”

To this: “I’m so sick of hearing about damn Spike Lee. Spike can go straight to hell! Spike needs to shut the hell up!”

You would think that it would be hard for both men to come back from that, but in his Next Chapter interview, Lee told Oprah that despite their disagreements about Perry’s imagery and way of thinking, they’ve worked things out and he has love for Perry.

After Oprah read Lee a quote where Perry basically said their differences in storytelling had a lot to do with their regional differences and parents (Perry grew up in Louisiana, Lee in New York with two college-educated parents), Lee and Oprah had this exchange:

Lee: “Look, I love Tyler”

Oprah: “You love Tyler?”

Lee: “People don’t know this, but I went to his house. He tell you? I know he told you [laughs]! Don’t front. The minute I walked out the house I know he was like [picks up imaginary phone] ‘Spike was just here.'”

Oprah: “I wasn’t gonna front!”

Lee: “No, we’re cool, we’re mad cool now. Here’s the thing though. He’s trying to make it that our differences are based on a social, economic level. He’s trying to say it’s because he’s from the South, and I’m from the North.”

Oprah: “…that you have different stories.”

Lee: “I mean, first of all, like many people in New York City, every summer, our parents shipped our black butts down South. Every summer we spent half the summer in Alabama and in Atlanta, Georgia.”

Oprah: “I don’t think he was saying ‘regional’ as much as you have different stories.”

Lee: “And then I went to Morehouse! My criticism of him was just the imagery. To me, it was just taste. He has a way to see stuff, I see it differently. He’s doing a great thing. We’re cool. We got no drama, no friction, and one day we might work together.”

Yes, a pig just flew over your head as you read this. I’m definitely glad these two could move on from their disagreements about their art and just be supportive. But as for possibly working together in the future, what are your thoughts on that? Check out the interview below and share your thoughts.

Spike Lee on Tyler Perry: “One Day We Might Work Together”

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  • Sonia Mines Lowry

    I would love it if Tyler Perry and Spike Lee worked together. I think it would be Oscar worthy if they can work out their creative differences to work on a team conglomeration.

  • maria lucas

    What I was gonna say is “yall did ta shut up n make that money.” I feel that but know that its more than $. I believe w their brilliant minds TOGETHER they n both COLLECTIVELY make gd chemistry. TOGETHER!!!! Which won’t make us look bad but will relate to our lives.

  • Peggy Lyons

    When I heard Spike Lee was saying Tyler Perry was making black people look a certain way, I thought wait…you portray them as thugs, thieves and murderers! Here’s the thing, Tyler’s work may be goofy, but that’s his style and its real. Apparently a lot of people love goofy, and its about time shows that aren’t based on sex and violence, and he’s not afraid of the word GOD. I like both directors, and I hope spike is for real.

  • vc

    Spike just wants some of Tyler’s Golden Touch! Tyler helped out his girl’s struggling network & look what’s happening now!

  • blumuse

    Tyler Perry isn’t the only black director Spike Lee has criticized. Seems he has a problem with any one of them who makes a more successful film than he does. Spike has made some decent films himself, but he is NOT the one who should be openly criticizing other directors because a lot of his films have just not been THAT good.

  • gia

    Why else would he want to work with him now????

  • Elle

    Spike Lee has made some great films. Remember Malcolm X, Inside Man, Do the Right Thing? I understand his side. He feels like Tyler Perry helps to keep Blacks in a shuck and jive stereotype. Some of you act like Spike is broke or something. Spike just knows the underworld of Hollywood and he doesn’t conform to get ahead. I guess having dignity is played out.

    • juanita felton

      You can’t possibly believe that???? You’re just a Spike Lee fan. Every Black does not live in the ghetto, robbing, getting high, or pimping or gang members, high school drop-outs or hustlers. Why do folks insist on looking and finding the negative. Give Tyler his props for once, he’s giving Black Folks (actors/actresses) work. You don’t know whose life he’s touch

  • kiki j

    When was spikes last film? I’m sorry I’ve never been into spike (excluding Crooklyn and Inside Man) bc his movies always looks cheap and corny. And i can’t stand his crab in a barrel attitude.

  • nolimit_soldier

    Spike sound a little suspect (and a liar too). If I were Tyler I’d keep a side eye on homie.

  • FromUR2UB

    Something doesn’t sound right to me. He probably should have talked to him one-to-one in the first place. I wouldn’t trust someone who had been running all over town trashing what I do, then claim to want to work with me.

  • Brenda Ford

    Do not trust him Tyler feed Spike out a long handle spoon I think Spike is a SNAKE in the GRASS Tyler do your thing and let him do his but not together PLEASE DON’T DO IT TYLER!

  • doreen lwanga

    me, I like!

  • Val

    No, Spike! No, no and no! Don’t do it. You’ll ruin your brand and your film legacy.

    • Nathan Sherlock

      I love both of these directors. Tyler Perry’s legacy is just as strong as Spike Lee’s. I enjoy seeing Perry’s references to God and his characters and jokes are downright funny. I do not see any ‘coonery and buffoonery’ from Perry – just pure entertainment. Other races portray themselves in a similar fashion and it is not referred to as ‘coonery and buffoonery’. Lee probably wants to see a more serious social and political statement from Perry – that may never happen and I’m cool with it. I hope they both continue doing their thing in their SEPERATE ways. One thing Lee will find is that Perry will likely be 20 times richer than him and always have more investors lined up for his projects. After all is said and done pure comedic entertainment combined with cliche romance (LOL) and topped off with a Godly message will probably make more money.

      • kjcsilk

        Nathan I agree with you. I will add that if they do decide to work together, I support that as well. Why not? There have been other unlikely pairings in lots of different arenas that have done extremely well. No limits!