American director and producer Tyler Perry in an interview with Gayle King on October 7 said that Hollywood often ignores him. When asked if he thinks that Hollywood gets him, he said that he clearly believes that he is ignored in Hollywood and that it is fine. Gayle King while speaking to media called Perry 'the most successful mogul Hollywood has ever ignored'. He recently marked the grand opening of Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta which is one of the largest of its kind. He is the first African-American in the US to own such a huge film studio. The grand opening of his studio was attended by personalities like Spike Lee, Oprah Winfrey, Samuel L. Jackson, and Beyoncé.
While speaking to King about the ignorance he faced in Hollywood, Perry said that his audience and the stories he tells are African-American. These stories limit themselves to a section of audience targeting group of people he knows, he grew up with, and the ones who speak the same language as him. He said that Hollywood will not understand that language as many critics don't speak it. He said that he was on movie sets that don't have other minority representation. He then talks about the African-Americans and LGBTQ people that come to work on those sets. He said that they are all represented as working hand in hand.
In the interview, he also said that he knows what he does is important as he touches several across the world. He knows how important each and every word, joke, the laugh is to those people and what it does for the people where he comes from and writes for. As he has often been criticized by his colleagues, King asked him if he seeks validation or that wasn't something that he paid attention to. Perry laughed off the question saying that he is not doing all this to seek validation. He asks to the ones who doubt him to visit such streets and see the people over there. He asks them to see those underdogs and tell him if what he is doing doesn't matter to them.
(With inputs from agencies)
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