Tyler Perry’s new show, ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’, which debuted on The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), has received rave reviews from his millions of followers. In fact, his audience made ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ “OWN’S highest rated series debut in network history with 1.77 million total viewers,” according to a network press release.
The network notes that more than 1.8 million total viewers tuned in for the second episode, which immediately followed the premiere. Even though these numbers are great for Perry and OWN, there was still a firestorm of criticism surrounding the show as well.
Perry is accused of “hating black women” according to the Crunk Feminist Collective, because of his portrayal of black women in the show.
One commenter writes, “There is definitely a difference between “making black women look bad” and straight-up reducing black women to the same old totally false lowest common denominators that white men have been using since the beginning of time. He has flat no excuse for being just another TV guy showing the same old stereotypes of black women. “
Many people also turned to the show’s Facebook page, which has over 20,000 followers, to voice their opinions. One viewer writes, “To be honest, it was not good. I have a feeling that a lot of people claim to love this show JUST because Tyler Perry’s name is on it.”
However, many viewers liked what they saw in the show and expressed their support calling the show “addicting”, “the nighttime Young &The Restless,” and “like Dynasty, but better.”
According to Forbes, Perry is ranked number 20 on the Celebrity 100 list of the most powerful celebrities.
With earnings topping over $100 million in 2012, despite his haters and naysayers—Tyler Perry is a busy, well-paid director, producer, writer, and actor who is laughing all the way to the bank.
Will you be watching?