Keke Palmer Calls Tyler Perry Her Hero in the Business: 'I Love Him So Much'

Keke Palmer Calls Tyler Perry Her Hero in the Business: 'I Love Him So Much'

Keke Palmer is gushing over her love of Tyler Perry!

The 29-year-old actress, who recently launched her own KeyTV network, opened up about how she sees the Madea actor as a hero in the entertainment business.

“I love Tyler Perry so much. I just feel like Tyler Perry is doing something that literally has never been done the way. He is actually showing and trudging a path of ownership for Black creators,” Keke told Vanity Fair.

See what else she said inside…

“Whenever someone criticizes him, it pisses me off so bad because it’s like, y’all only doing that because we have such few people at that level. You’re expecting him to be everybody that you want in one,” she continued. “But he has a particular art, style, and vision that he wanna create. That man is doing good at that and he’s successful at that. You want somebody else? We got Jordan Peele, we got Donald Glover, we got Issa Rae. We got folks. It’s like, we have options.”

Keke also praised Tyler for starting his own studio, Tyler Perry Studios, which he founded in 2006. In 2019, he opened up a mega production facility, which houses 12 sound stages, outdoor filming locations, and even a replica of the White House.

“I love and respect Tyler for doing his thing and doing the one thing that’s the hardest for white, Black, male, female, anybody to do, which is to own, produce, and distribute your own stuff,” Keke shared with Vanity Fair. “That is the biggest note that I think everybody needed to take, because that is true freedom. It really is, as a creator. He’s employing young people, he’s employing people of color, he’s building something. And that, to me, is the North Star…. I want people to understand that a real position of power is ownership. It’s working to not have to sell. That’s ultimately what I would like to do. I would love to create something that can last.”

If you didn’t know, Keke has actually worked with Tyler and his company a couple of times, in Madea’s Family Reunion and an episode of House of Payne.

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