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Malcolm Lee is the director that has all of Hollywood buzzing. His new film, “Best Man Holiday” has exceeded expectations and done extremely well at the box office. The film was graded highly on nearly all major criteria, striking an extraordinary balance between positive black imagery and just enough ratchedness to fit in with today’s pop culture.
What people might have forgotten is that just a few months ago, Lee joined his cousin Spike in tossing some flames in the direction of a fellow director, Tyler Perry. While he doesn’t think that Perry’s work is horrible, he isn’t ready to give him any awards for it either.
“It’s not as terrible as people say it is, but it’s not as good as the box office numbers are. Just because something makes money doesn’t mean it’s good, it’s just popular, it taps into something people respond to. I don’t do what he does,” he said.
Since most black directors are expected to be cordial and supportive of one another, Lee’s words probably came off pretty harsh. If that first sentence didn’t get enough attention, this last one certainly did.
“He’s not interested in art, he’s interested in turning out a product. There is value in that, building up a studio and being independent. I wish he would get better as the movies go on. Maybe he will, I don’t know, but I don’t think that is his focus right now.”