Tyler Perry seems to have lost his ever loving mind. Seriously, is this an April Fool’s joke? Tyler posted a blog yesterday (April 1st) that he seems to think provides us with another example of racial profiling comparing it to Trayvon Martin’s shooting. One would think that Tyler Perry would have more sense than to be a rabble-rouser in an already very escalated situation. We already have Spike Lee tweeting the shooter’s parent’s address, Dick Gregory claiming that the coroner kept Trayvon’s body to harvest organs to sell on the black market, and the obligatory media whoring by Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Why is it always the crazy folk that come marching to the forefront in these sad situations? It’s like when there is a tornado somewhere and the news people manage to find the guy with one tooth and the crazy hair to tell us what happened. This is not the kind of front line we need. I’m just saying.
So Tyler Perry says in his blog:
As I got to an intersection, I made a left turn from the right lane and was pulled over by two police officers. I pulled the car over and put it in park. Then, I let the window down and sat in the car waiting for the officer. The officer came up to the driver’s door and said that I made an illegal turn. I said, “I signaled to get into the turning lane, then made the turn because I have to be sure I’m not being followed.”
Um, WHAT? You make left turns from the right lane because your security guards told you it was a good idea to drive like Will Smith in Men in Black? At this point even in Perry’s telling of the story he was confrontational with the police. He keeps saying he had never been in this situation before. What his Rambo driving style has never gotten him pulled over before ever? I doubt that. Turning left from the right hand land is a deadly maneuver that can kill the rich guy who thinks the rules don’t apply and anybody’s grandma who happens to be on the road. The story goes on to describe his windows being tinted. His failure to turn the car off. His insistence that the cops just write him the ticket so he can go. He felt the cops were hostile for questioning him on why he was thought he was being followed. And it ends with a black cop showing up to explain to the white cops just who exactly Mr. Perry is and why it makes total sense for him to be driving like an asshole. But that’s not all. After comparing himself to Trayvon Martin, and an eight year old case in Naples Florida where he claims two guys were hauled off by cops never to be seen again he posts in all caps RACIAL PROFILING SHOULD BE A HATE CRIME INVESTIGATED BY THE FBI!!! Perhaps he is unaware that the FBI practically invented racial profiling. Nor does he understand that racial profiling occurs when no crime has been committed but someone is interrogated because they fit a particular profile. You broke the law, Tyler, and you were pulled over and questioned like any other citizen. I think Perry is getting too big for his girdle. I’m just saying.
So we can add Tyler Perry’s name to the list of histrionic people creating sideshows that take the focus off the actual situation that occurred in Florida over five weeks ago. Which is sad. I used to have respect for the guy. It’s funny, perhaps even ironic, that Spike Lee and Tyler Perry have been at each others throats for years over the image of black people in America and now they are both making asses out of themselves over the Trayvon Martin case. Crap like this does not help.