Pushing back against charges by some that the film is derogatory towards black men, actor Michael Ealy, who has a role in Tyler Perry's film version "For Colored Girls," came out in defense of Perry's work. In an interview with Essence.com, Ealy defends the film, explains his character (an abusive war veteran) and tells critics of the movie and Perry to look at the "bigger picture." He thinks people should keep the film and the original stage play its based on in context.
I think that if you say this movie is male bashing, you're not looking at the bigger picture. Yeah there are some men with problems in the piece and if you did notice, yes, Hill Harper is one good man. But this is a play by women, by a woman. And it's not like Tyler [Perry] or anyone else wrote the script that had all these men with problems. In my opinion the bigger picture is that the issues that were applicable in the mid '70s when the play was on Broadway, are still plaguing our women and our children right now. The bigger issue is that the piece is timeless. And if you're a man who is handling your business then you know this doesn't apply to you. This isn't a film that showcases men; this is a film that showcases the triumph of our women.
In an interview with Essence.com, Ealy talks about the critical response to the film and the interview briefly mentions Washington Post writer Courtland Milloy and his response to the film which was nothing short of "OH MY GOD! I HATE THIS SO MUCH!"
From The Washington Post:
I thought the movie should have been renamed: "For Black Men Who Have Considered Homicide After Watching Another Perry Movie."