Tyler Perry’s A Fall From Grace debuted on Netflix over the weekend. And the Internet was NOT here for the bad wiggery and non-acting extras. Also, some women have been calling Tyler out for cashing in on black women stereotypes. More inside…
Tyler Perry’s crime thriller A Fall From Grace made it’s debut on Netflix over the weekend and the Internet didn’t waste any time to pick it apart.
We gotta say, if TP flicks aren’t your thing, that’s more than fair to say. But, is bashing it publicly necessary?
While Tyler has made history as the first African-American to own his own film studio, it seems the hair department is still lacking. And viewers had NO problem letting him know it on social media. The wiggery just wasn’t up to par that some could argue is a theme in most of his work.
Here are some of the reactions to the wiggery below:
Y’all, I’m really trying to watch #AFallFromGrace, but I can’t seem to get past the bad hair.
Idk if I can do this.
Tyler Perry has a gazillion dollars & still can’t get his actors to have decent hair
— Slade Wilson. (@_aries92) January 20, 2020
#AFallFromGrace @tylerperry why my boy …. i liked the movie it’s just this damn hair… pic.twitter.com/FWCp1cySlH
— Chef_Winnie_ (@ChefWinnie504) January 19, 2020
#AFallFromGrace Did they repurpose Shannon’s hair for Jasmine’s husband? I’m all for saving the environment but recycling that wig? pic.twitter.com/cDdsd8E6K0
— Wherever I Look (@Wherever_I_Look) January 19, 2020
At this point Tyler gotta be trolling us with these wigs. What decade was their hair supposed to be?! #AFallFromGrace pic.twitter.com/vkuHMS8dUE
— Elle TeeKay (@ElleTeeKay) January 19, 2020
Has anyone discussed #TylerPerry’s history of putting cornball wigs on men yet? Including himself #AFallFromGrace pic.twitter.com/XcpXrW08mp
— Johnie Baltimore (@johniebaltim0re) January 17, 2020
Not only were folks upset over the wigs, they also pointed out the bad acting by the extras. In one scene, an extra is seen in the background where he’s supposed to be eating and drinking – yet – there wasn’t anything in his glass and nothing on his fork when he put it up to his mouth:
Y’all. Look at this extra in #AFallFromGrace doing the most w/ the least. Eating and drinking air. If this ain’t acting… pic.twitter.com/i1xq6GwSUb
— Mercy Bae-coup (@MercyC) January 18, 2020
Come on now, extra!
Outside of the wiggery and bad acting, some women are also fed up with the storylines Tyler uses in his films. And this one was no different. It didn’t help that Tyler made it known they shot this movie in 5 days.
The Daily Beast’s Cassie da Costa claims Tyler is cashing in by “selling out black women.”
But in Perry’s dramas, there is no Madea, hunky basketball scout, or kindly Latino laborer to hand down wisdom and watch the kids until the stubborn black lady comes to her senses enough to get married. Instead, the women must fall hard; their desires—to be loved, have sex, and take risks—leave them incarcerated or with HIV. Perry claims that this is the kind of salt and sap his audiences love, that they want to see Bible verses translated into the most base and conservative interpersonal dramas starring all-black casts because these are the stories that ring true to them.
But in the end, with or without a writers’ room, Perry is in the game to make money off of the non-cinephilic black Americans looking for entertainment featuring characters who resemble the people they know. By using his company to reproduce prejudices primarily about black women his audiences may or may not already hold, Perry does not simply capitalize but proselytizes. In the name of “representation,” a new holy grail in the mostly empty response to racism in the film industry, he lifts the worst ideas and impulses into plain view—a fall from grace indeed.
ZORA’s Morgan Jerkins seems to feel the same way. In fact, she has given up on movies created by Tyler. She wrote:
The older women were characterized as lonely and downtrodden as if these were justifiable reasons for the abuse they suffered. The main indicator that the charming man was not all that he seemed was because of his distant attitude during a church service. The motives for why anyone was doing what they were doing have as much of a probability to be found as Jimmy Hoffa’s grave.
Perhaps I could not disavow my “bougie” enough to enjoy a film in which Black legends played alongside Black actresses who have waited decades to be a lead. I wanted more and because of this, I’ve given up on Tyler Perry and his movies. They have suited me and my colleagues for a particular time in our lives but he has been unable to speak to a larger, multigenerational Black audience who’s grappling with more than just cheating and the politics of the Black church. His decision to stick to what has been profitable is one I can admire from a distance, even if I’m not his intended viewer anymore.
On “Strahan, Sara & Keke” today, Tyler seemingly responded to the criticism basically saying he makes movies for a specific audience and THEY love him for the content he puts out. He said everyone isn’t going to like his work and that’s OK.
Hate him or love him, he has definitely helped pave the way for many black actresses to prosper, and for that, we’re grateful. And we all know the hundreds of horrificly written and shot movies from white creators that magically find their way to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and sometimes even the movie theaters. If they’re continuously given a shot, we should be given one too.
At a recent event…
Tyler Perry was joined by the cast of A Fall From Grace, including Matthew Law, Mehcad Brooks, Bresha Webb, Cicely Tyson, Crystal Fox and Phylicia Rashad. Love to see the legends that are Ms. Tyson & Ms. Rashad in the mix.
Grammy Award winner Mariah Carey – in her black tights & knee high boots – stepped out for the NYC screening.
And her man Bryan Tanaka was there as well. Yep, they’re still going strong.
The film was “The Have & The Have Nots” actress Crystal Fox’s first time leading a film. She looked amazing by the way.
Black DEF doesn’t crack! Ms Rashad is 71 and Ms. Tyson is 95! Just gorge.
Come all the way through #BlackExcellence!
Mehcad Brooks brought his girlfriend Frida Kardeskog along for the screening.
“Power” star Naturi Naughton made an appearance. By the way, did y’all see this week’s episode of “Power?!” Whew, lawd!
“CBS This Morning” co-anchor Gayle King came out to support her friend Tyler.
And “ANTM” alum J. Alexander aka Miss Jay struck a pose on the carpet.
A Fall From Grace is now streaming on Netflix. Have you watched?
If so, tell us what you thought about the thriller in the comments!