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I Can Do Black All By Myself: Challenging Perceptions of Black Males in Tyler Perry Films

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Jewel Connelly

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Jewel Connelly I Can Do Black All By Myself: Challenging Perceptions of Black Males in Tyler Perry Films Four Tyler Perry Films Analyzed "Bad" Black Male Cluster Women with
whom both men
are romantically
linked, except
in Madea's Family Reunion "Good" Black Male Cluster Embodiment of negative
stereotypes perpetuated by
society Conclusions Scene Analysis by Film:
Diary of a Mad Black
Woman Charles ("bad") juxtaposed against Orlando ("good"); Helen (With both) Analysis: Madea's Family Reunion Carlos ("bad") juxtaposed against Frankie ("good");
Lisa (With Carlos), Vanessa (With Frankie) Thesis:
Conducting a rhetorical
analysis using three modes of criticism,
I argue that Tyler Perry uses his films to challenge the hegemonic ideology surrounding black men and advocate for black male individualism through the strategic juxtaposition of opposing dyads. 2) Madea's Family Reunion (2006) 3) Why Did I Get Married? (2007) 1) Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005) 4) Meet the Browns (2008) Characteristics: Abusive,
controlling, disrespectful,
violent/dangerous, hyper-sexual,
lazy, uninvolved father, darker
skin (color complex) Expected, stereotypical black
men Atypical black men who defy
and violate stereotypes Characteristics: Gentle, respectful,
Christian man of God, genuinely
concerned, caring gentleman,
supportive, protective, lighter skin Presents stark contrast; obliterates negative stereotypical assumptions Methodology Introduction Rhetorical criticism: 1) Critical-cultural approach

Male dyads adhere to and challenge dominant ideology 2) Perspective by incongruity

"Good" males violate assumptions (Kenneth) "Burkean" methods: 3) Cluster criticism
Unexpected males vs. stereotypical males Charles: "Bad" Cluster Orlando: "Good" Cluster Carlos: "Bad" Cluster Frankie: "Good" Cluster Mike: "Bad" Cluster Troy: "Good" Cluster Harry: "Good" Cluster Racism thrives in reality of institutional inequality Perry's black male images communicate in a society which retains an imbedded fear of black men Scene 1) Helen Goes to Charles' Office
Adulterous, hyper-sexual Scene 2) Orlando Picks Helen Up From Work
Courteous gentleman
Upper-class taste
Steel worker not drug dealer Scene 1) Carlos Punishes Lisa
Physically abusive
Dominant Scene 2) Frankie the Involved Father
Reliable, single father
Not lazy Rhetorical strategy aims to tap into audiences' mentality, dissolving connections which align black males with stereotypes and expand range of meanings Attempts to free viewers from limited worldview and encourages them to form new ideologies Michael, Sr.: "Bad" Cluster Blacks viewed as racial group, not individually Meet the Browns Why Did I Get Married? Advocates diversity and individuality of black males Senior Thesis

May 1, 2013 $50+ Million $63 million $55 million $ 42 million Questions?
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