Tyler Perry defends his choice in casting Kim Kardashian.
I know you don’t like Kim Kardashian. Case in point: one hundred thousand people have signed a ‘Boycott Kim Kardashian petition, according to Yahoo News. You’ve always said she got her come up off a sex tape (which most people fail to remember was with her boyfriend of three years, but… ), and that she’s not much more than a pumped up backside, and now you say her 72-day marriage mocks God.
I get it. (Don’t agree.) And I guess you’re wondering now, “so, uh, D, why are you writing about her then?”
Because remember when I wrote about her last time? (And please note, I skipped writing about that huge news story when she divorced because I know you didn’t want to he hear about her here.) I listed all the activity going on with Tyler Perry, and one of those many things (which I buried in the post) was how he’d cast Kim in his latest movie, “The Marriage Counselor.” That was the part that everyone latched on to and wondered, “Oh, Tyler, hell, just why?”
Well your voices were heard. Yesterday Perry wrote an open letter to his dedicated fans explaining his decision to cast Kimmy Cakes. Perry explained that "The Marriage Counselor" is for the youth, and he couldn’t think of anyone with better access to a young following than Kim K.
“I thought and still do think, that it would be very responsible of her to be a part of this film,” wrote Perry. “To have the young people that look up to her, see her in a film that is about, what happens in life when you make the wrong choices… If one of those young people see this film and find the strength to live a better life and not go through what these characters went through in this movie, then we have all done what I feel I’m being led to do here.
He added, “I believe that my films speak from the inside out, why wouldn’t Kim Kardashian be invited into a film about faith, forgiveness and the healing power of God? What is wrong with that?”
And no, he’s not pulling her from the movie, despite the outrage.
Perry invited readers to share their thoughts on his site. And despite his lengthy explanation, the comments were filled with more anger and lots of name-calling.
“Count me out of that movie with Kim,” wrote one Perry fan, summing up most of the reactions. “You are giving this spoiled, untalented young woman another platform to spew her idea of sexuality and fame. You can do better than this!”
From another commenter: “Putting KK in a film feels disloyal. You putting her in the movie is like the Black male you been with when he was poor then leaving you for a white girl once he gets on. That's a slap in the face.”
Does Perry’s explanation change your outlook on Kim Kardashian being in “The Marriage Counselor?”
Demetria L. Lucas is the author of “A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life” (Atria) in stores now. Follow her on Twitter @abelleinbk