One day instead of mocking women like the ones Madea is supposed to represent we’re going to talk about what they witnessed & how they survived & what it cost them right? Fuck your respectability politics if you can’t think about Jim Crow America & what it took for your grandparents & great grandparents to survive. Fuck you twice if you can’t figure out that hunger & terror are traumatic for anyone, much less for women who had no legal protection from rape. Fuck you three times if you don’t know that the same kind of broads who were out in the streets in 1929 with something in their purse are why your family is standing today.
My grandmother was born in Georgia, and grew up in a family of sharecroppers. (Her grandmother was a slave.) As much as I dislike Tyler Perry’s work, I can understand why my grandmother likes it, and the above paragraph succinctly explains why.