By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Another Tyler Perry petition hits the internet. Oprah Winfrey might be the queen of media, but owning her own network has been anything but royalty. In fact, it’s been a struggle and it almost looked as if Oprah would lose OWN very quickly into its launch. However, Oprah’s network has been on the uptick thanks to hit shows like “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” and with the new additions of two new Tyler Perry created shows, the ratings have confirmed that OWN is definitely here to stay. Just days after it was confirmed Tyler’s new show “The Haves and the Have Nots” brought in record breaking numbers and his other show “Love Thy Neighbor” wasn’t too far behind with its premiere the other night, it now appears that someone has done the expected: start a petition. A new petition hit the web the other day demanding that Oprah cuts her ties with Tyler and axes the news shows immediately. And it’s because the petition creator Eva Vega thinks the show embraces too many hurtful racial stereotypes. Eva writes:
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!
Eva also goes on to refer to Tyler Perry’s work as “Malt liquor” for the community, the popular label Tyler’s critics tend to refer to in their complaints:
Tyler Perry is “malt liquor” for the community! His entertainment is hurtful to the Black community. He perpetuates stereotypes and has no place on OWN.
Help uplift women of all races and the Black community . Remove his programming.
So far, the petition has only gathered 89 signatures. Considering the viewership was in the millions and record breaking, we have a feeling this petition will fall on deaf ears.