What does this say for his large following?
To be honest, I think Perry is only so successful because he’s the only major game in town. Indie films are great, but most people attending chitlin circuit plays & movies aren’t going to hunt down the few black filmmakers making short films. Especially since his audience is overwhelmingly older & Xtian. They get most of their values represented & people who look like them on screen. I mean, who else in Hollywood is casting older black men & women for more than bit parts? Who has heavyset black women in anything as a lead character? Perry’s a shitty writer with all kinds of issues, but he’s able to get his stuff to the screen. Now why he’s able & others aren’t is a different conversation. His work is kind of feel good for blacks while pandering to white stereotypes. Perfect balance of coonery & comedy for the mass market since he usually stops short of being too offensive for anyone anywhere. I hate his portrayal of domestic violence, abuse survivors, addiction, & well anyone that isn’t the archetype of a good Xtian who has led a mostly blessed life. But, he does show those people as people by some standards & that’s better than what his audience is getting from any other mainstream media.