Most of you know that we're not the biggest Tyler Perry or Madea fans—the improvisation-based humor of his stage plays has never translated onto the big screen, among other reasons—but you have to give the man credit for marketing. His newest project, Why Did I Get Married is a Big Chill-themed reunion film. The cast should broadly appeal to women and black gay men—besides himself, Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, Malik Yoba and Rod 2.0 fave Michael Jai White, etc. are forced to emote during their annual seven-day reunion in the "picturesque snowcapped mountains of Colorado."
Perry's knack for casting Michael Jai White, Boris Kodjoe, Henry Simmons, Shemar Moore, Terrell Carter et. al. in shirtless and tank top scenes—in addition to the history of the Madea character—have raised more than a few eyebrows. The director addresses those persistent gay rumors in the current Essence: "It used to bother me a whole lot in the beginning—it really, really did. But what it's done is give me a firm seating in my manhood. And if some people can't separate the character from the man that I am, then that's their issue, not mine."
Perry says he is looking for the "right" woman—but just hasn't found her yet.
Tyler's Not Gay [Post-Gazette]
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