By Henna Kathiya
Tyler Perry fans were not too happy about his choice of casting reality star Kim Kardashian in his latest project, “The Marriage Counselor.” Two weeks ago, Perry announced Kardashian had been chosen to play Ava, a co-worker of Judith (Jurnee Smollett), an Ivy League educated therapist who decides to step outside of her marriage to spice up her life. Fans of the prolific director immediately took to the message boards, denouncing Perry’s choice of someone they feel to be morally questionable. In light of Kardashian recently announcing her divorce from Kris Humphries after only 72 days of marriage, Perry’s fans are even more enraged.
After weeks of fans protesting the casting of Kardashian in “The Marriage Counselor,” Perry defended his actions in an open letter on his website. It seems as if the mind behind “Madea” believes that Kim K. is a role model to millions of her followers. Perry finds that casting her in his film would be the ideal way to bring them to see his movie.
In his letter he states: “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. 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. 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!”
So Perry is sticking to his guns on this one, regardless of what fans think, hoping to send a positive message? He signs off his letter with one more impactful line: “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??”
Who are we to judge someone looking for forgiveness? Right?