Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli voiced his support for Tyler Perry's films and Tyler's decision to cast Kim Kardashian in his upcoming film The Wedding Planner. Kweli says people are being ridiculous is some of their criticisms of the controversial-but-very-successful director.
"That’s the dumbest thing I’ve heard all day. I don’t know what the film is about, but she may be perfect for the role," Kweli said. "Maybe she’s not perfect for the role, but he cast her because when you put her in a movie, people are going to come see her. Either way, it’s a win-win for him; either way, it’s a good decision on his part. I’ve got respect for any businessman who employs some of my favorite artists, from Cicely Tyson to Taraji P. Henson, all of these women have gotten checks from Tyler Perry. Tyler Perry has been supporting the Black actress more than anyone in Hollywood. Whether you agree with him or not, whether you like his movies or not."
"But we’re not talking about quality plots or storylines and this and that. But the idea that you boycott? First of all, if you’re the type of person who cares about race issues, then you need to respect that man for what he’s done for Black actors," he added. "I’m talking as a working artist, not as a community leader. Personally, I’m not a fan per se of his films, but I damn sure know why they work. And if you are a fan of his films, you don’t have any business worried about if he casts Kim Kardashian, that’s a great idea."