Tyler Perry Movies: Religion+fiction x fact=confusion

03 Apr

WARNING, FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO WATCH TYLER PERRY’S TEMPTATION, THIS I WILL BE A PLOT SPOILER SO DON’T READ THIS.) So I ran across and a link on facebook regarding Tyler’s Perry latest film “Temptation.” And though I am not a Tyler Perry fan (I never seen his movies and actually refuse to see them just because I am not a fan of his stuff.)  I had an interest in the link simply because in his movie not only does he deal with subject of infidelity and lust but also sins (to simplify it, boy and girl get together…but girl ends up having an affair with another boy who infected with HIV and in turn infects the girl.)  In conclusion the film basically suggests that temptation can lead to sin (in this case cheating and having an affair leading to getting to HIV.)









Sounds kind of basic huh?


Well this is where I kind of have an issue.  As I read through this particular article, the writer continues to address that this is not the first time Tyler Perry had played the “HIV drama card.”  In the movie “For Colored Girls” which Tyler Perry adapted one the main characters (played by Janet Jackson) gets HIV from her husband who apparently was cheating on her with men.   I can understand the whole drama and “oooohhh”  “awwwwwww”  “Oh no he didn’t!”  “You go girlfriend send his trifling ass to the curb!”  to get the story line going but when you start making this “HIV is sin” theme and mixing in religious innuendos, that’s where I draw the line.   From what I was told most of Tyler Perry’s movies follow some sort of biblical theme or message (sorry I am not a religious person so if that comes of sounding ignorant or uneducated my apologies) but sometimes when you mix up religion with fiction or even facts it can create confusion.  Suggesting that HIV is a sin in my eyes is wrong.  Suggesting that all HIV infected individuals are cheating, trifling gay or bisexual thirst hungry men for one is wrong.  Also suggesting that the only way to have clean life is to be a church going heterosexual married person is also wrong (which I also find contradicting because it is mainly these same “church going” individuals who are the ones who have the most skeletons in their closet.)


Now I think I know why I am not a fan of Tyler Perry’s films.  Though his films do great in sales, some of the hidden religious messages that are in his movies perhaps do not impress me much.





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2 responses to “Tyler Perry Movies: Religion+fiction x fact=confusion

  1. Idonotshare Mynameonline

    July 16, 2013 at 5:36 am

    It’s interesting to see a post in which the author admits he has no firsthand knowledge of that which he speaks, especially since the opinion is so strongly stated.

    Let me say that I have watched Tyler Perry’s stuff and find that his craft is not perfect. I want to clarify that what I am about to write is not from a die hard fan. But I just watched the movie about an hour ago. I am a practicing Christian and I analyze things from that point of view. What I saw was a movie that was predictable but still good enough to hold my attention. Yes, the lady contracted HIV. Yes, it was done in another movie. But that does not mean that he thinks everyone gets it because they sinned. That line of thought is too extreme to attribute to someone whose work you refuse to even see for yourself.

    Here’s what I, someone who is Christian and actually viewed the film, got out of it: Be sure to be honest with your spouse about how you’re feeling. Try to foster an atmosphere where communication is open and healthy. Tell your spouse what you want in bed. Beware of people who flatter you inappropriately. Don’t be fooled by expensive things or money. Listen when people you know love you share their concerns about your behavior. Think long term. And keep the grass on your side of the fence well nourished and watered because it’s your yard. Otherwise, you could end up regretting it for the rest of your life.

    For me, the HIV wasn’t the saddest part of the movie; they have pills for that. What made me saf wad the fact that she bought her pills fromher exhusband just as his wife a son came into the store. She lost the love of her life and had to see someone else blessed by him. Who could she blame but herself? That’s when I cried.

    Yes, HIV/AIDS is a horrible disease that carries a lot of stigma. While it’s not true to say that everyone who gets it does so ad a direct result of their own sin (babies, Arthur Ashe, rape victims, the lady who was purposely injected by her dentist, innocent spouses who have been cheated on), its origin is in sin. That is a fact that cannot be denied or successfully disputed. Nonmarital sex and the destruction of your body through the use of illicit drugs (in this case those requiring syringes) is sinful indeed. Are thes not the most common ways of spreading HIV? At the same time, it’s unfair to accuse Mr. Perry as you have–especially since you’ve not seen it.

    • Idonotshare Mynameonline

      July 16, 2013 at 5:40 am

      All spelling and grammar mistakes are attributed to the use of my phone as opposed to my laptop (fat finger typing), the lateness of the hour, and lack of proofreading. But you get my point.


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