Tyler Perry, also known as the highest paid man in entertainment, has gotten a lot of shit for casting reality star Kim Kardashian in his latest film, The Wedding Counselor, in which she plays a friend who gives the main character lots of advice about life and relationships. She’s acting, folks!
Anyway, Perry recently took to his blog to defend his decision as well as Kardashian, as a person. In the end, he pretty much admits he cast Kardashian not because he thought she could act but because millions of young people like her and that would translate to a lot of not-so-discerning moviegoers (our words, not his) paying money to see the flick. Here’s what he said, in part, along with some editorial comments in bold and/or italics– depending on your browser.
About two months ago, long before I even heard about Kim’s marriage (What? You’re the only person on the planet who didn’t know she was married?) or divorce (You didn’t hear about her divorce two months ago because she wasn’t divorced two months ago.), I was trying to finish up the casting. I said to one of my producers, “who else is out there that young people are looking up to?” (Yep, I bet that’s how you said it. Surely it didn’t come out like, “Hey, who can we get who works really cheap but who young, stupid people adore that we can just shove in a small part?” No, you wanted a person that inspires the youth. Very altruistic of you.)
One of my producers showed me pictures that his daughter had taken of several hundred kids lined up around the corner to get into a Kardashian store (It took this photo for you to understand how incredibly famous Kim Kardashian is?) They wanted to meet Kim. I thought, what better person! She literally has millions of young people following her. I thought and still do think, that it would be very responsible of her to be a part of this film. To have the young people that look up to her, see her in a film that is about, what happens in life when you make the wrong choices. (Hey, Tyler. She has made countless wrong choices in her life. They’ve all ended up getting her a giant payday. Who are you trying to fool? She’s the best example of how to become filthy rich and powerful with little discernible talent.)
Whether you’re aware of it or not, to be honest with you I wasn’t, millions of young people adore her and are following her every move. (Young people are also now shoving vodka-soaked tampons up their vaginas and assholes to get drunk.) If one of those young people see this film and find the strength to live a better life and not go through what these characters went through in this movie, then we have all done what I feel I’m being led to do here. I hope you understand. I really do! (Yes. We totally understand. We understand that instead of just ignoring your critics, you felt the need to make it sound like you’re doing the world a favor, that your actions have nothing to do with exploiting someone’s name so that you can make a few more million. We have nothing against your movies. We don’t think your casting Kim was stupid or offensive. It was an amazingly sound business decision. There’s nothing wrong with that. What we’re offended by is your bullshit, “I’m-a-saint” explanation.)
And lastly, because I believe that my films speak from the inside out, why wouldn’t Kim Kardashian be invited into a film about Faith, Forgiveness and the healing power of God? What is wrong with that?? (Dude, she got famous because of a sex tape, has posed nude for Playboy and on weekly basis uses her family for financial gain. We’re not fundamentally opposed to any of these things. But we also don’t go around espousing the benefits of God and faith. See how that works?)