Do you know who 'Madea' is?

Madea - Is cool, funny, and wiser then she's given credit for!
@SusanLee (1920)
United States
February 28, 2009 10:50am CST
I absolutely love this character. I'm sorry to say that Tyler Perry's character, Madea, has actually offended and hurt some African-Americans. I want to assure those of who think she is making a mockery of the Black population by appearing ignorant, dump, and uneducated, (someone else words, not mine) she isn't. I am 50-years-old and white as a piece of lite bread. I would give my eye-teeth to be this characters kid, grand-kid, relative, or at the very least, a next-door neighbor. The only difference between this black character and my white grandmother (who passed away 20-years ago) is Madea is outspoken and gruff around the edges, Granny wasn't outspoken and was smoother around the edges, had nothing to do with her ethnic background. My beloved grandmother was not educated by any means, she learned through life's experiences. Like Madea, she was ignorant (not stupid) about many things. And she was poor as a church mouse. She did have the love and devotion of her children and grandchildren, so in that I guess she was wealthy. But granny was pour, actually much poorer than Madea when is comes to finances. I love this character, I want to just grab her and hug, kiss and squeeze her. She brings out a natural warmth in my soul or something. I heard Tyler Perry being interviewed one day and he said laughingly 'I hate that old woman' I think it's because he wants all of his work to be appreciated not just Madea. I like the character Madea because Tyler Perry has done such an excellent job of portraying her and she comes across so realistic, not because she's black. The only other character that I was that fond of was Archie Bunker, now there was ignorance gone to seed. And him being white had nothing to do with it. He just played ignorant so well that I could over-look some of his outrageous statements. I never felt he was a reflection of the white population. I've always seen all these unique characters as just that, unique people. Speaking of outrageous characters, there is Becker and House to name a few.
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@Chevee (5915)
• United States
1 Mar 09
I love Madea too, and I just saw that movie Madea goes to jail. I have all of Madea's movies and plays. I am not offended by anything that Madea does. I wish I was like her in some ways, no one runs over her not even the children. I like Archie and Edith Bunker too, I guess we have a lot in common.
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@SusanLee (1920)
• United States
1 Mar 09
lol Yes, it does sound like we do have a lot in common. I have only seen a couple of the movies, but it has been enough to leave a lasting impression. Are the plays as funny as the movies? I'll to check this out. Where is the best place to buy the plays? Would they carry them at Walmart?