Ezekiel J. Walker Calls Out Tyler Perry in New Book
According to the author, Madea cheapens African-American images by repeatedly promoting damaging and inaccurate stereotypes of African-American culture, and a North Carolina mental health counselor and social commentator petitions Tyler Perry to stop making "Madea" films. On June 3rd, 2014, Ezekiel J. Walker will release a powerful new book, "The Madea Factory," which examines the negative stereotypes portrayed in Perry's "Madea" films.
Walker explains that Tyler Perry's depiction of black people in his "Madea" films disturbingly harken back to harmful and erroneous stereotypical assumptions in an unacceptable and offensive manner to many viewers. The author sees this problem is a reflection of not only Tyler Perry, but also his audience. Therefore, Walker is engaging that very audience and asks readers and movie goers to stop their support of Perry's harmful depictions in the Madea films.
Walker says his inspiration for this book came to him while working at a youth camp, after the campers viewed the film "Madea Goes to Jail." They asked Walker why he did not laugh during the film, and his answer surprised them, "Because it makes black people look stupid," he told them. After being berated by the campers for 'not having a sense of humor,' Walker decided to address just how serious the matter was, by writing a book and asking the public to reconsider what they are supporting when they buy a ticket to Perry's "Madea" film.
Walker earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology at Winston-Salem State University, worked over five years in the human services industry, and released his first book in 2010. Readers can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (@bookdontlie), Goodreads, and can find more information about the book, along with a free excerpt at http://www.themadeafactory.com.
The Madea Factory will be available for purchase in paperback for $15.00 and eBook for $9.99 on June 3rd at http://www.themadeafactory.com, ISBN: 978-0-616-00077-9.