Posts Tagged ‘Toure’

Yesterday, MSNBC contributor Touré and CNN’s Piers Morgan went at it on Twitter over the Morgan’s interview with Robert Zimmerman, Jr., brother of George Zimmerman (who is the killer of Trayvon Martin). As a result of heated online debate Piers Morgan decided to give Touré a live opportunity to defend his claims against the host.  (more…)

Now that director/actor Tyler Perry has managed to make Forbes’ top list of being the “highest paid male in entertainment,” his name along with his films – continues to be a hot topic of discussion.

In a live CNN debate regarding Tyler Perry’s newfound status, social commentator Touré went off on the actor/writer/producer/director/entrepreneur – calling his work “cinematic malt liquor for the masses.” SMH.

While Toure’s commentary may seem a little harsh, director Spike Lee offered similiar sentiments calling the comedy and melodrama “coonery and buffoonery”.

In the CNN discussion Toure continues with his thoughts on Perry’s talents:

“Tyler Perry is definitely serving an audience that is underserved by Hollywood. Especially black southern women do not see themselves at all in Hollywood fare. So, when he’s serving them movies where they appear to be in situations that are naturalistic and recognizable to them and definitely have that Christian message, I absolutely understand why my grandmother, my mother, and my aunts love this stuff, and my family down south, they love this stuff. I just can’t watch it without cringing because I’ve seen good movies and I know these are poorly made films.”

Adding a contrary opinion to the debate was Dr. Boyce Watkins who defended Perry by pointing out that, while he wasn’t thrilled about a black man becoming successful for wearing a dress, you can’t argue that Perry has done something that Hollywood hasn’t done for years; give black entertainers jobs. Touré countered that drug dealers create jobs too but it doesn’t make them “good jobs.”

Sigh. Check out the full clip below. Do you agree with Toure commentary — or do you feel Tyler Perry is doing more GOOD than harm?

Let MSDTV know.