Tyler Perry, blasted for casting white actors, says “People are people”

Tyler Perry is taking some static for the mostly white cast of new drama “Too Close to Home,” and he’s over it. “I’m so sick of folks asking me why I have a show full of white folks,” Perry said during an interview this week with Tom Joyner’s morning show, which airs weekdays from 5:30 to 9 a.m. on Kiss 104.1. Listen to the clip below.

A reporter asked me this. I’m thinking what the hell? Stop asking me that damn question. People are people!”

 Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

The scripted series, about a small-town girl who ends up ensnared in romantic-political intrigue at the highest levels, airs on TLC.

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Perry began the interview in his Madea voice, riffing on squabbles that can happen when someone sits in other person’s long-held pew in church, then launched into the controversy over white actors without being asked about it. He’s apparently getting asked about it quite a bit, and addressed a recent question with humor.

“What’s it like working with white people?” he said he was asked. His response: “Well, white people are so damn difficult! The whole room just fell out laughing.”

“It’s such a great show. I’m just asking my folks to watch it, to check it out .. if you’re not too prejudiced. I’m joking,” he said, cracking himself and the radio team up. “It’s only eight episodes but it’s really, really a good show. Listen, if Donald Trump can pitch to black people in an all-white neighborhood, why can’t you watch my show. What the hell have you got to lose? It’s gonna be huge!”

Listen to the radio clip here.

Here’s a trailer from the show:

 Kiss 104.1, like the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is part of the Cox Media Group.

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221 comments
Muanah Amrullah
Muanah Amrullah

I figured he would. Smh. Who cares, it's his choice. If they act, hire them.

Naomi Hansche
Naomi Hansche

Yes, thank you. And I love your movies, and especially your acting in them.

Ann Walls
Ann Walls

Oh yes! It's about time. Clock those dollars Tyler Perry! #YOUGOBOY!

Arlene LookingGlass
Arlene LookingGlass

If division was equally proportion wat the heck, but we don't live in that kind of world, the master had a plan that's y it looks like we do need each other, go figure

Judy Howery
Judy Howery

And I do love u Tyler perry just like I loved robin Williams and Patrick swayze still love them

Judy Howery
Judy Howery

I like Donald and I have pretty much watched everything u have put out and loved it I don't understand is why u would want a criminal in White House r we not way worse of then when we were as kids he wants to help us get to a better place and she wants money money money the greed and corruption has gone to far I remember be a much happier person even with the abuse I endured then I feel in this time I may not be rich I never really wanted to be rich just happy

Inge Corkery
Inge Corkery

I love all the SHOWES Tyler Perry makes ..

Shon Woods
Shon Woods

Well, I don't have OWN for one thing.

Catherine Harris
Catherine Harris

I know right keep doing what you do Tyler perry tell them to get they life\U0001f621\U0001f621

Kathryn Allen
Kathryn Allen

I Love all of his shows and movies. this man does not see color they are all the same and that is why i like him so much.

Kevin Victoria
Kevin Victoria

I'm watching your show Tyler Perry. I watch them all.

Cherri Norrington
Cherri Norrington

Keep doing your thing Tyler I'm your fan for life. God gave you your purpose & passion to write & produce movies shake the dust off and keep on keeping on.....

Alfred Bryant
Alfred Bryant

As long as it's made in America they should be asking Trump that question

Vanessa Barker
Vanessa Barker

The news media should understand we the people don't care what color people are in movies or television, if we like what we see we will watch regardless of color.

Lillie Hyman
Lillie Hyman

I enjoy all your shows regardless of the color of the actors. Keeping doing what you do. This gift is yours and yours alone let mot one person try to change you...... Big supporter

Belinda Jones Haye
Belinda Jones Haye

Well, m not a Tyler Perry fan. But, I think people can ask you that question a zillions times since tv goers watch your shows; Tyler, black man in America.

Kate Done
Kate Done

I think people need to grow up its talent in every race and it's progress for everyone in it I dnt doubt it would be a Good show or play or whatever Taylor is thinking of making it

Carolyn Faison
Carolyn Faison

Get over it people! Good story lines regardless of whether the actors are of color or white does matter. Keep up the good work Mr. Perry.\U0001f44d\U0001f3fd

Shelis Ward
Shelis Ward

The Media love MESS & creating more MESS!!!!!!

Barbara Wright
Barbara Wright

Tyler,keep doing what you are doing. WHAT EVER. GET A LIFE PEOPLE.

Joyce Carroll
Joyce Carroll

When are you going to make some more movies with meada.I love her.

Cynthia Kea
Cynthia Kea

Tyler Perry who cares what these ppl says .Ppl has to find something new to complain about like Marvin Sapphire said when he got delivered from ppl he was alright

Shundra Henderson
Shundra Henderson

Don't pay no attention to them haters always trying to dictate what some one should or should not do.

Ute Gad
Ute Gad

Can't wait for your new show Monday.

Dorothy Bhatti
Dorothy Bhatti

I am a Tyler Perry fan,always have been.I get teased by my adult children not because they don't like him,it is because they can't see why I have to see all of his movies,that is, if he is in them. I like him because his movies are entertaining and fun,he makes me laugh. Though,I haven't seen any lately because all I do is work. I was hoping I could retire 15 yr ago,but that can't happen at this time. So his show's and movies are my entertainment when I get a chance.They also laugh because they think it's funny that an older person like me gets a kick out of Tyler Perry movies.

Msvee Vee
Msvee Vee

People aren't mad about this. If the shows are good the shows are good. And people of all races will watch them. We don't care about that.#stopracebaiting

Ed Hallman
Ed Hallman

Code for where is my free stuff? Lead them down that path.

Kim Green
Kim Green

I watched your show and loved it. You have presented each faction to a T, from PWT to the WH. You are an amazing producer, actor and all around great guy. I wish you nothing but continued success.

Phyllis Brooks
Phyllis Brooks

I watch all of your shows boo and I watched that one to and so did millions of your followers - "People Are People" {enough said} - NEXT! Praying for you forever and a day - Make It Do What It Do!

Bonnie Friedman Wolloff
Bonnie Friedman Wolloff

Why can't you have me on your show? I'm sure you could use a Jewish grandmother. ..with chutzpah ...

Evelyn Holly
Evelyn Holly

I like your new show on TLC, who should care what color the actors skin. So far it is a good show.

Lyn Boadway
Lyn Boadway

Exactly people are people. Thank you sir.

Mario DePaoli
Mario DePaoli

Dude is sucessfull AF!! He did it without any of his critics help. Work on Mr. Perry!! #fallondeafears

Judie Gittner-Kelly
Judie Gittner-Kelly

You don't owe anybody any kind of explanation!! If people felt & believes how you do..we'd be better off. Ignore the haters, entitled & pot stirrers !

Susan Carpenter
Susan Carpenter

I always enjoy your show! I Always enjoy People Period! I'm sick of people stirring the pot to pit one against the other! Embrace Each other and Learn to Appreciate One Another! Somehow when we are young, we do that. As we get older, the views change, and it is Sad!

Deirdre Jones
Deirdre Jones

I watched the show and I love it! Keep doing you,they will catch on later.