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October 7, 2008 |

By Seth Freilich | Industry | October 7, 2008 |

I think it’s well established that we are not Tyler Perry fans around these parts. His films are insubstantial, misogynistic and racist. But now we can broaden our disdain from simply hating Tyler Perry the filmmaker to hating Tyler Perry the man. Seems that seven of the writers for “House of Pain,” Tyler’s “comedy” show on TBS, have been involved in a battle with the show’s producers to have the show covered by the Writers Guild’s Minimum Basic Agreement. In other words, it’s a union fight. And Tyler Perry decided the best thing to do was fire those uppity writers for their union activities.

Now some big named writers and showrunners have joined together in an open letter to Tyler Perry for being about the only scripted show not playing by the WGA rules and for then going the extra step of firing his writers. Among others, the letter is signed by Alan Ball, Marc Cherry, Tina Fey, Bill Lawrence, Shonda Rhimes, Shawn Ryan and Amy Sherman-Palladino. They don’t come right out and call him an asshole, but they do say that these shenanigans “are simply not acceptable” and call for him to reinstate the writers and get into a deal with the WGA. Good on them.

But I’ll take it a step further — Tyler Perry, you are an asshole. A big ol’ hemorrhoidic asshole.

Fuck You Tyler Perry!

Fuck You Long and Fuck You Hard / Seth Freilich

Industry | October 7, 2008 |

Seth is a Senior Editor and sometime critic. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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