Oprah Winfrey’s partnerhsip with Tyler Perry has gotten off to a very rocky start.
His new soap opera “The Have and the Have Nots” has been absolutely destroyed by critics for horrific writing, acting, and its adherence to racist themes and stereotypes. Everyone from the L.A. Times to the Crunk Feminist Collective has condemned nearly every element of the show .
A petition has even been launched, demanding that OWN sever ties with Perry.
But the criticism doesn’t end there. Web activist Eva Vega started a petition demanding that Oprah remove Tyler Perry entertainment from OWN.
The petition on Change.Org reads:
For decades Oprah Winfrey has used her television show to educate, empower, and uplift people of all races to be better versions of themselves. OWN has committed to be an extension of this work.
Where it is clear that neither Oprah or Tyler Perry are not experts on race and racism, they have also refused to utilize feedback from the conscious Black community and scholars on racism regarding the damage that Tyler Perry and his brand of entertainment perpetuate against the Black community.
Stop supporting racist stereotypes on OWN and remove Tyler Perry programming!
Have you seen Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots”?
Are you a Tyler Perry fan?
Should Oprah dump him?
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