Why white criticsâ€™ fear of engaging Tyler Perry is stifling honest debate | Film | For Our Consideration | The A.V. Club
Jared Sperli stashed this in movies
Stashed in: Are You Not Entertained?
Mike Ryan of The Huffington Post was the first toÂ seize onÂ the filmâ€™s awful implication: HIV is a disease that infects the immoral, and Judith deserves her infection because she cheated on her husband. Ryan writes, â€śEither Perry believes that if you cheat on your partner, you deserve a terrible diseaseÂ orÂ he believes that the people he hopes will pay money to seeÂ Tyler Perryâ€™s TemptationÂ believe that if you cheat on your spouse, you deserve a terrible disease. I canâ€™t decide which is worse.â€ť Louis Peitzman of BuzzFeed wroteÂ his own takedown, which acknowledges Ryanâ€™s piece and builds on it by dissecting Perryâ€™s prior use of HIV as a narrative weapon in 2010â€™sFor Colored Girls: â€śBy offering a version of reality in which people are either Good or Evil, Tyler Perryâ€™s soapbox may do more harm than good.â€ť Lindy West of Jezebel contributedÂ another outraged missiveÂ shortly thereafter: â€śIâ€™m starting to believe that Tyler Perry isnâ€™t just artlessâ€”heâ€™s reprehensible.â€ť
Artless, reprehensible, and very popular.