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Tyler Perry: 'Red Tails' Wonderful but All-Black Casts "Becoming Extinct"

Tyler Perry, whose extensive studio outfit is based in southwest Atlanta, chimes in on the debate over support of George Lucus' movie, 'Red Tails,' which tells the heroic story of the Tuskegee Airmen.

 

Responding to filmaker George Lucas' recent comments on the lack of support that he received during the making of 'Red Tails,' southwest Atlanta Tyler Perry Studios' founder has penned an official statement on his website, according to a report in the Huffington Post's Black Voices.

Posted under his "My Messages" page, Perry begins his statement by saying: "Unfortunately, movies starring an all African American cast are on the verge of becoming extinct. THAT’S RIGHT, EXTINCT!"

He goes on to say that "George decided to take a huge risk by entirely funding the movie and releasing it himself," he added. "What a guy! For him to believe so strongly in this story is amazing.

Perry ends by encouraging people from all ethnic backgrounds to see the film and learn more about the history of segregated America.

"I think we should pull together and get behind this movie. I really do! Not just African Americans, but all of us. I have seen the movie and screened it here in Atlanta. I loved it and I think you will too."

Red Tails opens today and is showing in the Cascade Patch's Movies ATL, 3760 Princeton Lake Parkway in the Camp Creek Marketplace district, at 11:50 a.m. and 2:45, 3:10, 6:45, 7:15, 9:40 and 10:10 p.m.

evangeline anderson January 20, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Let's stick together people be like Martin and Jesus ! We can do it.
M Jackson January 20, 2012 at 02:23 PM
What's the movie rated?
Shelly Lewis January 20, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Hello My People, Tyler Perry must have a serious problem, African American women consistency attend his movie. Cubie Gooding Jr., is a fruit cake and I will not waste my time or money on his movie. Ladies we should not waste our precious time and money on individual who have little or no respect for our race or gender.
Shelly Lewis January 20, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Hello My People, Tyler Perry must have a serious problem, African American women consistency attend his movie. Cubie Gooding Jr., is a fruit cake and I will not waste my time or money on his movie. Ladies we should not waste our precious time and money on individual who have little or no respect for our race or gender.
BILL FULLER January 20, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I have been told that Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey put some of their own money in this film because none of the major studios would fund a movie with an all black cast. I understand that they contributed around $35 million dollars of the $100 million dollars that it took to make the movie. I will definitely help them get their money back with a profit.
Leslye "JOY" Allen January 21, 2012 at 12:23 AM
"Red Tails" is showing in our neighborhood at Movies ATL in Campcreek Marketplace. Just got home--shows that start before 6:00 PM are $7.00. Just saw it--it was awesome! I cried tears of joy, tears of sadness, and tears of pride. Our people came out to support this important film about the Tuskegee Airmen! Go see it!
Gladys Turner Lee January 21, 2012 at 07:05 AM
We saw "Red Tails" today and it was magnificent! The Tuskgee Airmen were brave, skillful, handsome pilots! Major Carrol S. Woods, a Valdosta native was one of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen. Major Woods passed away in 2007. He was 88 years old. I am so proud of our " real top-guns"!
El El Moore January 22, 2012 at 05:15 AM
I will see the movie Tyler just like I saw Precious. But I have SERIOUS issue with the FACT that you and Oprah have issues with "getting behind" films that EDIFY black men with the same fervor you "get behind" films that CASTIGATE Black men...really? Where was the $$$ when Lucas needed INVESTORS? Are you not wise enough in business to see INVESTING in a LUCAS film? I mean really dot org. Epic Fail brother #REALTALK
lynn January 23, 2012 at 12:52 AM
My husband and I went to see Red Tails. It was excellent! Although the critics gave it a 2 star rating. That must have been the opinion of only a few - because at the end of the movie, everyone gave it a round of applause. Job well done - All ethnicities should see this movie - it is a part of the history of America. Amen

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