Apparently, Madea and Tyler Perry’s parenting skills are one in the same. That same no-nonsense, old school method with child rearing is sorta-kinda similar to how the director/actor/producer feels, off camera. During an interview with BET (about his new film, The Single Moms Club), the 43-year-old shared that when warranted, he believes children should be spanked. He says:
Me, I’m into a** whooping, but I don’t have kids.
His co-star, Nia Long adds:
My younger one, he’s only 2 so I try to talk to him, but the older one, he gets it.
Speaking of ‘single moms’, Tyler penned an open-letter to his fans about an interview question that recently pissed him off. Apparently, some feel that the film glorifies single mothers, instead of promoting a healthier married two-parent household.
I was doing an interview recently and the interviewer asked me why was I glorifying single moms. I explained to him that single moms needed to be celebrated, not ostracized. Most single moms are not that way by choice. Circumstance caused them to be in that situation and just like my Aunt Jerry, who raised four boys by herself, she never complained and never asked for handouts. She did what she had to do. Why hate on single moms? Are you kidding me? I know so many people who were raised by single moms and I know a lot of single moms. It’s the hardest job in the world when you do it right.
Tyler, who was raised by a single mother, adds that this movie is dedicated to single mothers:
So this movie is dedicated to the single moms that are doing it right and a wake up call to the ones who aren’t. You never know who you’re raising. Let’s be clear: this is not a male-bashing, woe-is-me, I’m-a-single-mother movie. This is a movie about the strength of the single mom. I did this movie to show the world what a lot of you go through. It’s funny, it’s heartfelt, it’s full of hope, but most of all it’s about how coming together can change your life. I want you to go see it, single mom or not. This movie is important for so many reasons. It celebrates one of the most overlooked people in our country. I just want to say that I see you single moms, I hear you, and to everybody out there that knows one or was raised by one, bring them to the movies tomorrow. Lets show them that we are thankful.
The Single Moms Club hits theaters Friday, March 14th.