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Tyler Perry Is Really Over Being Asked About His New Mostly White Cast

'People are people,' the director told TMZ.
"Nobody asked Norman Lear why he wrote for black people all those years," he said.
"Nobody asked Norman Lear why he wrote for black people all those years," he said.

Tyler Perry is “so sick” of the backlash about his decision to cast a majority white cast for his new TLC drama-series, “Too Close To Home.”

During a Monday interview on The Tom Joyner Morning Show, the Hollywood director recalled his response to a question he was asked at a press conference about writing the series, which stars Heather Locklear, around a white family.

“I’m so sick of folks asking me why I have a show full of white folks,” he told Joyner during the radio interview. “What the hell? Nobody asked Norman Lear why he wrote for black people all those years. Stop asking me that damn question. People are people.” 

Perry later elaborated on his thoughts with TMZ when a reporter asked him about the criticism.

“If you write a story about a woman and a man who’s having pain and issues and trying to get over things, it’s the same way for a black person as a white person or anybody else, so that’s just ridiculous. People need to let all that go,” he told TMZ. 

Check out more of Tyler Perry’s interview on the Tom Joyner Morning Show here.

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