It seems that whatever film director Tyler Perry does, trouble seems to follow. The Atlanta-based mega-mogul is being sued by a woman named Terri Donald for $225K. The lawsuit maintains that Perry’s 2012 film “Good Deeds” was based on a book she wrote in 2007, “Bad Apples Can Be Good Fruit.” She reportedly sent a copy of her book to Tyler before the film went into production; years later the storyline turned up on screen, albeit, with the main characters’ perspective somewhat altered. The powers that be are keeping mum for the moment. But the lawsuit appears to be just one of many controversial incidents attached to the director’s reputation…
In 2010, Johnny Tyrone Stringfield accused Perry of “revamping” his gospel song on TBS sitcom “Meet the Browns.” The song (allegedly written in 2008) appeared on Tyler’s show the following year. TMZ.com posted both versions of the song for comparison. (Listen for yourself here.)
He has also been accused of using portions of the 1950 gospel song “When I Think of the Goodness of Jesus” without permission, in his film, “Madea Goes to Jail.” In the infringement lawsuit, it is claimed that the entire chorus was used to support a monologue by Perry’s Madea character.
And when Tyler Perry isn’t being sued for allegedly stealing material for his films, other challenges befall him. He received tons of criticism for casting Kim Kardashian in his upcoming film “The Marriage Counselor,” due in theaters March 2013.
But the “Alex Cross” actor has been under fire for years regarding the way that he portrays African-Americans in his movies – particularly, black males. The topic was even discussed in great detail on Washington DC’s Fox 5 News network. And it would appear that fellow film director Spike Lee echoes that sentiment. He once criticized Perry and his movie-making style, calling the antics in his films, “buffoonery.”
Tyler Perry is certainly aware of the unfavorable light shining upon him and his movie empire. In 2010, the popular animated series “The Boondocks” aired an episode titled “Pause” – in which a cross-dressing movie director named Winston Jerome helms a “…homo-erotic Christian theater cult.” While Perry didn’t take too kindly to the veiled comedic portrayal, he maintained that offering no response was for the best. The episode was reportedly pulled from the Adult Swim network website, which coincidentally, is owned by TBS – the network that aired Perry’s successful sitcom, “Meet the Browns.”