With Tyler Perry receiving much backlash for being a horrible director and screenwriter, many onlookers in the African-American community have also had a problem with the successful producer having to humorously wear a dress to get the attention of the masses.
Comedian Chris Rock addressed the topic in a recent interview with VIBE magazine and pointed out that it is nothing new and is not just an African-American male comedian thing:
“I mean, hey, lots of comedians dress up like women, not just Black. It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book. Men in drag…There was Mrs. Doubtfire. [Adam] Sandler’s next movies is Jack and Jill. He plays his brother and sister. [The Black community] doesn’t have that many movies, so if there’s only four Black movies in a year and two of them star Black men in dresses, I could see how that would upset some people. But that’s a job for some people… Tyler Perry is great in a dress, but I don’t want to see Denzel or Will Smith in a dress. And I don’t think we’re in any danger of seeing that.” [Source]
Comedian Martin Lawrence played Sheneneh Jenkins in his television sitcom, Martin and that Jamie Foxx played Wanda on In Living Color. Don’t know about Will and Denzel wearing a dress…but in this day and age, anything is possible.
In addition, the Wayan Bros. made millions filming and producing the White Chicks movie and I’m sure you all remember comedian Dave Chappelle’s appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show a few years back – where he spoke in detail about it (VIEW THAT BELOW).
Dave Chappelle Takes A Stand: Hollywood Emasculates Men
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