Tyler Perry has sparked a debate online after sharing his thoughts on how bills should be split by certain couples.
The billionaire Madea mogul shared his take on a recent episode of the podcast Keep It Positive, Sweetie with actor Crystal Hayslett.
“A lot of women, especially Black women, and I might get in trouble for saying this, but I will,” he began. “In our society right now, Black women are making a lot more money, for the most part, than Black men."
He continued: "If you can find love, if that man works at whatever job and is a good man and is good to you, and honors you, and honors the house, and honors his wife, and does what he can … because his gift might not be your gift, that is okay. That’s not somebody that’s beneath you. That’s somebody who came to love you at your worth.”
Tyler added, "As long as he's secure in himself to know that, 'Yep, she makes most of the money, all I can pay is the light bill.' As long as she's comfortable enough to say, 'I'm gonna cover the mortgage and all the other stuff' ... that's fine."
Tyler said it's a "hard" concept for some because they have such high standards and expectations. "But when you talk about just someone to love and support you, I know people whose men can’t touch what they make," he explained. "But when you see them together? That love, that support, that ‘I got you, babe,’ it’s a beautiful thing.”
People on Twitter said absolutely not.
Tyler Perry full of shit man..I don’t really partake in bill convos ..but a couple living together and the dude only paying the light bill is unacceptable
— CashmereBrown (@N0_Fabrication) September 15, 2023
One person wrote, "I don’t care what Tyler Perry say, ain’t no, 'I only got $50 on the light bill ass' man allowed in my house. I’m perfectly fine with being single forever."
I don’t care what Tyler Perry say, ain’t no “I only got $50 on the light bill ass” man allowed in my house. I’m perfectly fine with being single forever. pic.twitter.com/Dw6psn3aT8
— The Neighborhood Publicist (@nhoodpublicist) September 14, 2023
— ☿ 𝚘𝚏𝚏𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑𝚑𝚒𝚜𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚍🐦⬛🩸 (@sweetfacedinero) September 15, 2023
Crystal Hayslett / Via Twitter: @sweetfacedinero
Another commented, "The bar [is] in hell for millennial women."
Tyler Perry said it’s ok to marry a man that can only pay the light bill long as he loves you…The bar in hell for millennial women
— Alpha Dawg Greg (@fashaw_34) September 15, 2023
Tyler Perry’s 30-year obsession with telling Black women what type of man they should want makes a lot more sense when you realize he’s selling his own fantasies and desires of his ideal dude, and Black women’s actual needs don’t factor in.
— Uju Anya (@UjuAnya) September 14, 2023
Some said they wished Tyler had used the moment to encourage men to get on it instead of telling women to adapt.
I don’t even understand Tyler Perry’s angle. You’d think a man in his position would be encouraging other men to step it up, not telling women to settle…
— C.J. (@CJ_Urbane) September 15, 2023
Tyler Perry always encouraging Black women to date down & that’s the mf’n problem.Why aren’t we telling Black men to be more ambitious, career driven, invest in the right things, take care of the home first, etc.Why is it always Black women come down to meet them where they at? https://t.co/YjnMVQvlf1
— Cacao 🇳🇬 (@OhWho_OhLu) September 14, 2023
Crystal Hayslett / Via Twitter: @OhWho_OhLu
Why doesn't a rich black man like Tyler Perry share knowledge,insight, & tips to black men to position themselves to be better providers? 🤔Always asking black women to adjust & accommodate to a patriarch system we didn't create & is designed against us is insane to me 🤯 https://t.co/VPQYZudfD4
— Ceyonce❤️ (@Skorpeeyo5) September 15, 2023
Crystal Hayslett / Via Twitter: @Skorpeeyo5
Tyler Perry having the tl in a tizzy is so funny to me because…like….y’all…it’s Tyler Perry 😂 fcking madea 😂 he made acrimony so you know you can’t take this man serious 😂😂 also you think he would say that to another rich man? No. Idk it’s all just foolishness 😂😂😂
— 🍓 (@_RayOsunshine) September 15, 2023
But some people also agreed with Tyler.
Listen, Tyler Perry is correct. The problem with a lot of women in our generation right now is that y’all focus so much on the money and how much a man makes when it comes to relationships these days… what happened to their character? A man’s values and morals? Come on man! https://t.co/EsvRohFyRK
— Alexa Darling ✨ (@thealexadarling) September 15, 2023
The fact that MAJORITY of Black people didn’t really understand what Tyler Perry said but rather took it as an attack makes me KNOW FOR SURE that our society is in DEEP trouble! #TylerPerry pic.twitter.com/5hqEYKSy6r
— 100% NEGRO (@ASHANTINATIVE) September 16, 2023
Crystal Hayslett / Via Twitter: @ASHANTINATIVE