The 53-year-old director claimed that Madea, who is based on his mother and aunt, was created to pay tribute to “the individuals that made me who I am.”
When he spoke with Chris Wallace, 74, on his new HBO Max talk show, he discussed Spike’s comments.
In 2009, Spike, 65, stirred some controversy by calling Madea “coonery buffoonery” and claiming that it strengthened derogatory preconceptions of the black community.
“For me, I have liked the movies that I have done, because these are the folks that I grew up with, that I represent,” Perry said to Wallace.
Most of them didn’t have a high school diploma, but their experiences, how much they cared for one another, and their jokes when they were feeling down—”I’m five years old, I’m on the floor with my matchbox cars, I’m in a masterclass for my life”—made up for their lack of education.
You are ignoring the tales of millions and millions of black people when someone says, “You’re harkening back to a period in our lives that we don’t want to talk about or we don’t want the public to see.” For me, it is vital to honor the people who came up, taught me, and shaped who I am.
According to Perry, the Madea project “resonates” with a large number of followers because they are familiar with “women in similar experiences.”
According to him, Madea is “absolutely the PG version of my mother and my aunt, and I liked having the opportunity to pay homage to them.” He further stated that “she would beat the heck out of you but make sure the ambulance got there in time to make sure they could set your arm back.”
Perry also spoke with Wallace how his father’s maltreatment of him contributed to his success in building a $1 billion brand.
“My father frequently, sent a letter to me a few years ago through my brother stating, “If I beat your ass one more time, you would be Barack Obama,” indicating that he believes his abuse made me successful, the man stated.
But he completely discredits my mother’s affection. And what led me here was my mother’s love. Not the abuse, though. It wasn’t the fury and enmity. She loved me, and that’s what led me here.
Perry revealed to People in 2019 that his drunken father once beat him so severely with a vacuum cleaner that his skin might have come off.
Additionally, he claims that when he was ten years old, three different family friends sexually assaulted him.
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