Actor/writer Tyler Perry is getting NO love from the black community–well at-least from a few hundreds–as a petition was launched last Friday to have Perry’s new scripted shows on OWN, “‘Love Thy Neighbor,’ and, ‘The Haves and The Have Nots’” removed from the Oprah Winfrey channel.
According to the OWN channel, “The Haves and The Have Nots” brought in an estimated 1.77 million viewers in its first hour and 1.8 million in the show’s re-run– making it the highest-rated debut in OWN network history.
And, “Love Thy Neighbor” reportedly have the second highest debut in the channel’s history with 1.8 million viewers.
So what’s the big deal? Well, a few angry fans are not too please with how Tyler continues to portray black people in a negative light and are now calling him a racist individual who is not happy in his own skin. OUCH!
Plus, with over 204 signatures here’s what the Petition that was launched on Change.org had to say:
The person(s) who is behind the petition also added:
“Neither Oprah or Tyler Perry are experts on race and racism, they have 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.
Please stop supporting racist stereotypes on OWN and remove Tyler Perry programming!”
So what’s your take on Oprah Winfrey supporting racist stereotypes–according to the petition?