Tyler Perry Says Criticism Against His TLC Show’s White Cast Members is ‘Reverse Racism’

by Raheem Karim
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Tyler Perry Addresses Criticism Against His TLC Show’s White Cast Members

Filmmaker Tyler Perry is taking flak for his recent television project, “Too Close to Home,” received backlash for having a predominately white cast. The majority of Tyler Perry’s film projects have featured mostly African American cast, so fans took to social media to voice their displeasure to change.

Perry is responding to those who have questioned his casting decisions by saying, “That’s totally reverse racism, because it was coming from African-American people,” he told The Associated Press.

“I don’t know if it was because they thought I should only be giving jobs to black people. Well, I think that’s ridiculous,” Perry added. “If you look at the hundreds of black people I’ve given jobs to and even the ones I’ve made millionaires, people of color, I just think it’s unfair.”

The series “Too Close to Home,” features co-stars Kelly Sullivan, Brock O’Hurn, Matt Battaglia and Heather Locklear, which premiered on TLC in August, tells the story of a Anna (Danielle Savre), a young woman who moves back home to Alabama after word gets out that she had an affair with the US president, and is forced to leave Washington, D.C.

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Tyler Perry stated that his time traveling and interacting with different people has made him color-blind.

“I’m just finding out more as I travel the country and world, the more I meet people, we’re all the same,” he explained. “We all got the same dramas. So I’m not seeing color as much as I did anymore in the sense of our stories. Our stories are so similar.”