…. and receives its share of brutal treatment. On Tuesdays, viewers can sort through the assorted scandals of the Cryer clan (“Haves”) of Savannah, Georgia: father Jim, mother Katheryn, daughter Amanda, and son Wyatt. On the other side (“Have Nots”), you have Celine and Hanna (servants). But Hanna comes with some scandals of her own. One being her troublesome daughter Candice.
Much like Perry’s philosophy about viewing his movies before their release, The Haves and Have Nots was not up for critique before its premiere. Viewers were allowed to see the show with a clear and open mind. Critics have since accused Oprah Winfrey of losing her mind, and the show “damages” her legacy of empowerment. The show was the network’s highest-rated premiere, attracting over 1.7 million viewers (over 1.5 million women, ages 25-54). This was just for the first episode. The second had nearly 2 million viewers.
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Although you start with a blank canvass, you can’t help but think you’re watching Perry’s previous work, A Family That Preys. The opening is a grand tour of an all-white Southern home, and Katheryn is a miniature Kathy Bates — strong height, look, and accent similarities. There’s a wealthy white family with non-white associates/life-long friends, and skeletons buried deep on both sides. The possibility of troubled son, Wyatt, (“Have”) and the troublesome friend of the family, Candice, (“Have Nots”) hooking up is likely.
Unlike the movie, the show has changed viewers’ perception of one person: Tika Sumpter. Sumpter is known for her roles in Sparkle and television series The Game. She plays Candice, Hanna’s daughter and prostitute/law student. Usually strong and sassy with soft appeal, she’s turned up the sexy in the show. An obvious hue is red, as she wears the color often. When you first see her, she’s solidifying a deal with a “John”. The next time you see her, she’s the friend of the Cryer’s daughter, Amanda. By now, you’ve found out that the “John” is actually Jim. At Jim’s party, Candice disowns her mother by pronouncing her dead — all the while her mother, Hanna, is walking towards her. Later you witness blatant disrespect as Candice belittles her mother. You also learn that Candice pays her mother’s bills while her brother has not yet left the nest. In an attempt to get money fast, she uses her previous dealings with Jim as leverage to get $100,000. She’s running the house…
Assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies & Africana Studies at Rutgers University, Dr. Brittany Cooper, believes that Perry is a “culture batterer” and his “go-to race and gender clichés” are shown through his continued exploitation of Black women.
Read more of Dr. Brittany Cooper’s Crunk Feminist Collective piece, “Tyler Perry Hates Black Women: 5 Thoughts on ‘The Haves and Have Nots’”[ HERE ].
Did you see The Haves and Have Nots? If so, what do you think? If not, will you watch?