Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Closet Case in Bad Drag Calls HIV a Punishment

Via BuzzFeed

Temptation [Tyler Perry's new movie] follows Judith (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), a woman trapped in a passionless marriage with her childhood sweetheart Brice (Lance Gross). An aspiring marriage counselor, Judith works for millionaire matchmaker Janice (Vanessa Williams, with an absurd French accent). When Janice assigns Judith to work with sexy internet mogul Harley (Robbie Jones), Judith and Harley find themselves drawn to each other. And therein lies the temptation.

As Judith and Harley begin a hot and heavy affair, Brice struggles to win her back, getting support from his coworker Melinda (Brandy Norwood). In a dramatic twist telegraphed early on, we learn that Harley was Melinda's abusive ex-boyfriend — leading Brice to break into Harley's house and rescue Judith, lying bruised and beaten in the bathtub. An almost happy ending, but here's the thing: Harley has HIV, which he gave to Melinda. And now so does Judith.

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But Temptation's gospel has dangerous implications: HIV is a punishment, HIV patients deserve their condition, and the only path to salvation is a chaste, churchgoing, heterosexual lifestyle. Perry may believe that he is doing good with films like this. When asked where he gets his inspiration, Perry explains, "I pray about it. I say, 'OK, where am I going next?' The family dynamic is in so much trouble." He goes on to talk about divorce, but on a larger scale, his films seem to exist as his response to America's "crumbling morality."

4 comments:

Tamayn Irraniah said...

I'm never quite sure what to make of Tyler Perry movies. I did really like Diary of a Mad Black Woman, but it does get a bit preachy about God and all that.

Writer said...

What I don't get is that if Tyler Perry were white, his movies and TV shows would be derided as racist. They all have the feel of a conservative African American guest on a FOX News show.

Tamayn Irraniah said...

Your last sentence should really be quoted. It's too beautifully written to be forgotten!

Writer said...

Really?? Thanks, Tamayn. :)