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October 19th, 2012
02:46 PM ET

Tyler Perry on politics, and attack ads: "A lot of things [are] smoke and mirrors ... it's all about let's hide the facts"

Coming up this evening at 9, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes Tyler Perry for a candid and emotional primetime interview.

Joining Piers Morgan face to face, the actor, writer, and director behind the "Madea" films franchise shares his personal perspective on the upcoming general election, in particular political attack ads which he feels are fueled with misdirection:

"Unfortunately, I just, being in the business that I'm in, which is show business, I realize that a lot of things [are] smoke and mirrors, a lot of it is dust and let's hide the facts," says the 43-year-old star of "Alex Cross." "I think that most Americans, if you - before you vote, you should - you should become as educated as you can about both, you know, President Obama and the candidate and make your choice there."

Named the highest paid man in entertainment by "Forbes" in 2011, Perry cites a lack of transparency as a concern within the current political climate:

"I think it's all about let's hide the facts, let's bury the facts as best we can. And the way you do that is with all these negative ads. And then pretty soon, you start hearing them and you go - and you think, 'well, is that true?,'" he explains to the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host. "Most times, people don't have the time to go and actually - actually fact check. And that's what a lot of people are counting on."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in this evening at 9 as Perry details a complicated relationship with his father, and explains the challenges he faced along a path to tremendous success.
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  1. Ninja

    Why do we know so little ? Why is our media not free?

    October 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Jim in DC

    Because the truth (or facts that tend to point towards the truth and, also, the time it takes to assimilate them) doesn't have entertainment value. Many Americans, unfortunately, are like impatient children that have to be entertained or quickly lose interest. Nevermind history, context, or what's at stake. Nevermind the next few Supreme Court appointees. Never mind the many clear statements of record made by the candidates (and, particularly, the Right Wing ones who try to obfuscate their record and their real agenda). No. Manufactured conflicts, one-liners, "gotchas" . . . now those are entertaining. So is the media-hyped horse race/who's up-who's down-this-second approach. Entertainment for the American "children."

    October 19, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • 1bluesmurf

      Or maybe The Left; "Is trying obfuscate their record and their real AGENDA"
      "2016 OBAMA'S AMERICA, THE MOVIE" From Obama's own book; "DREAMS FROM MY FATHER" An Audio in his own words. Now on Sale!

      October 21, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Patsy Love

    I do not understand why the media needs to report every detail on terrorism to the public, I understand we all would like to know the truth. Are we going to get in our military vehicles and head out and fix was has been reported to us in the news??? I don't think so, at some point we must trust our people in command and know they too want what is right for this country. To call our leaders liars, to let the terrorists watch us as a nation not stick up for our government to do what is right must be a very funny thing to them. I just wish we didn't do so much name calling in the news. I feel the people we fear most can just turn on any TV station a decipher what this country's next move is.

    October 19, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Renee Michelle Christian.

    It took more than four years to gain Equal Opportunity, Equal Pay, Womans Rights, Freedom of Choice, Free Speech.Don't Ask Don't Tell. None of who we are as The People happened overnight or in just four years.

    October 19, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. EricIndiana

    It's really strange how we hire politicians. What if people interviewing for other kinds of jobs ran negative ads? I wrote about that possibility hereL

    October 19, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Dan Funk

    Hey Piercy:Maybe Black People Have A Problem
    With Voting A Bishop In A Church Until 1970 Thought Of
    Them As SubHuman,Has That EVER Crossed Your Mind ?

    "And [God] had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, that they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people, the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them. And thus saith the Lord God; I will cause that they shall be loathsome unto thy people, save they shall repent of their iniquities." (2 Nephi 5:21)"

    October 19, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lola Monroe

      You are one ignorant son of a b**+€h. You just reversed the curse upon you and your people. Also, I'd rather be cursed with "Dark" skin than an influx of cancers or a family full of "INCEST! You are WEAK!

      October 20, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • slipnslidesal

        I believe Dan was commenting on why African Americans should not vote for Romney. The quote was to lend credence to his opening.

        The quote is from the Book of Mormon.

        October 20, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lola Monroe Pt. 2

      Also Dan, Obama's father may have screwed your mama as he was loved greatly amongst your women. I guess white women can't get enough of black men because they are well endowed, unlike white men who are but a boy still between his legs. Grow some balls Dan then maybe you can stand up to an African American man. Otherwise put your head between your legs and try to find your minuscule penis and kiss it goodbye! Matter-of-factly, when Obama wins this next election we will give him a national holiday in which you too will have to celebrate.

      October 20, 2012 at 6:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • dshizzle

        Lola both you and dan are great examples why we are screwed you dumb pos

        October 20, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marshall Bell


      October 20, 2012 at 7:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. John Santiago

    The often asked question by Piers Morgan is: "Do President Obama deserve re-election?" His argument against President Obama's reelection is that the economy is in stagnation and unemployment numbers are still high. Well, Tyler Perry answered the question very well. If the previous President was allowed eight years to mess up with the economy to the state it was when he left, it is unfair to expect Obama to clean up the mess in four years. That should shut you up, Piers.

    Another question: Can it be deemed as racism when more than 90 percent of African Americans support Obama? Funny, Piers never found it proper to ask his Republican guests why near 100 percent attendance at Romney rallies are Whites. Also, why has Piers never asked them why more than 90 percent of Romney's supporters are rightwing Whites.

    Piers, in case you are in amnesia, Obama did not get elected to the US Presidency with the African Americans' vote alone. He never could have been elected with just their vote alone. A fair percentage of very enlightened, moderate and liberal White Americans voted for him and continue to support him to this day.

    This is a far cry from the rightwing Whites who do not hide their racism who support Romney.

    So, get a grip of yourself Piers. Don't try to taint President Obama with your racist brush.

    October 19, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • namethename

      Comparing 94% blacks supporting Obama with white attendees of Romney events is comparing apples and oranges because half the whites voted for Obama in 08 and 90% or more of blacks for Obama.Many whites attend Obama's 2012 events also.Math is just what it is math. You can't say 100% support Romney and then look at the TV screen and see half or more whites supporting Obama in his events.

      October 20, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • namethename

        By the way, keep doing what you doing- scaring white voters away from the Dem. Party. We need any help we can get.
        You don't want them, we will take them!

        October 20, 2012 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
      • Frank

        Yeah but what % of Mormons are going to vote for Romney? And why is it that a candidate is supposed to automatically carry their own state? and why has it taken so long for a black person to be a serious candidate for the presidency? because people for for what they know and are comfortable with. Couple that with the fact that Romney has not courted the black community's vote, went out of his way to admonish the NAACP add his comments about the 47% and those #s are easily explained

        October 20, 2012 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      President Obama has been in office for four years but in retrospect, he has had only TWO years to stabilize and fix the economy and reverse the mess he inherited simply because when the Tea party took control of the House of representatives, their deliberate roadblocks and policy delaying tactics stalled progress and hampered the recovery by blocking every legislation proposed by this administration.

      And as far as the black vote is concerned, more than 80% of African-Americans voted for Bill Clinton, Al Gore and John Kerry. And I agree with you that without a significant percentage of the white vote, and of course without the Hispanic vote, there is no way President Obama could have won the election.

      Now, as far as Mitt Romney is concerned it clearly evident that the whites who are supporting him are doing so not because they feel the country is heading in the wrong direction but because they have a problem with the color of the President's skin. For example, when the unemployment rate goes up, its Obama's fault but when it goes down, Obama had nothing to do with it. When gas prices go up, its Obama's fault but when it goes down, Obama had nothing to do with it. When Osama Bin Laden was killed, instead of all Americans coming together and acknowledging that we as a nation are safer because of the demise of the mastermind of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, the GOP decides to make a web video saying President Obama you didn't kill Bin Laden. So when did the President ever said he killed Bin Laden? See, the conservatives in this country just don't want the President to succeed in moving this country forward because they have an innate affliction of hate, envy and jealousy within them. But I don't believe for a minute that our humble and down to earth President cares about getting credit as long as we as a nation move forward. Unfortunately Mitt Romney and his supporters are the most bigoted and blatant racists this country has ever seen since the Jim Crow era. Its so sad that much hasn't change in this country since passage of the 1964 Civil Rights legislation.

      October 20, 2012 at 8:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Darin

        Wow Blah, Blah I am suprised that you are being so radically racist here. I am pretty offended here...does not matter if your black or white if you can do the job its YOURS. Don't know where you get Obama only had 2 years he was elected in 2008 and has been their since then....FACT. Gas has constantly gone up during his watch FACT (California is the highest right now at 4.51 I know I live their) And now lets see...Oh, unemployment up to over 8%...but that's not his fault right? And where are all the GREEN jobs ....?? That's not his fault. How long can we keep this going on. If you can't balance a budget, Can't work with the other parties to get that vote....then get out of Dodge. 4 Years is enough to make a dent, if you don't think so your sorrily wrong. I have been in the military and have been on foreign soil not once but twice....I don't appreciate when you put not only our embassy but our military at risk. We have lost so many troops in places where we DON'T belong. This is the same President in his CHANGE speech that said I will BRING HOME ALL the TROOPS. LIE! And by the way The President is lying when he says that he is not reducing our Navy cause he is.....He is already doing it. I know one of the ships that I was on is being DE-Commissioned to SAVE MONEY....ugh (Only 11 years old) never heard of that...OH and P.S We still have bayonets in the military Mr. President...You wouldn't know cause you never served.

        October 23, 2012 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. James Frasure

    I listened to Pierce ask Tyler if he thought America since we have an African American president still suffers from racism. I would like someone to ask what one thinks was going through Romney's mind prior to the 1978 decision by the Mormon church to allow blacks to be a part of their young religion. The Mormons originally had the same mentality as South Africa and the Romney clan were staunch devotees. When Obama looks Mitt in the eye the Mormon in him says "How dare he."

    October 20, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Darnell

      Thanks James! I do have a question for all. Why is Piers in our business? He can't keep whatever success he has achieved in the UK? If he was coming at us with neutrality as a proper outsider looking in, then great.

      October 20, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. OLGA

    do not understand? 90 minutes for a Presidential debate......& baseball/football games take 3 hrs. or more?....not even 2 hrs for a debate??..disgusting !!..

    October 20, 2012 at 5:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Darnell

      Because you should not have to decide your vote on a debate. This campaigning has been going on for a year. As Romney attacks Obama's track record, he is not centralizing his attacks on the President's current thoughts, visions and/or plans. And the reverse is true for Obama as he rightfully has coined the GOP candidate as having Romnesia. In other words, here is your track record and now you're ummmm, liberal? You ummmm, care about the middle class? That was YOU (Rommey) that bought Kaybee Toys, leveraged the company to the tilt, bankrupted it thus grabbing all of those pensions, and then laying off 15,000 workers while making a tremendous profit for the Bain Company and its investors. You (Romney) have been a major contributor to outsourcing our jobs to China where manufacturing in this country will never be the same. What is not being said is how a GOP dominate Congress has stagnated this country by not making ANY efforts to move forward the agenda of the President. Then Romney says, "Your policies are not working." So, again, with "history" of decisions being made available to us all prior to any debate, we do not need to see 3 hours of what we should already know. If you're just now trying to make your decision based on the debates, then you're the exact reason smokes and mirrors work in politics. Moreover, the media has been sharing Fact Checks for those of you not in the know. While the debates are entertaining, they should not be the sole reason of your voting decision. Hey, isn't today College Football day. I don't know who's going to win...

      October 20, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Kimberle Jones.

        Well stated Darnell, education is key. Know for yourself. Inform yourself, and therefore you will arm yourself.

        October 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. fred chicdo

    We keep talking about how many jobs were moved orverseas. Let's turn this around and see how many jobs in the USA were created by other nations. I think this would be an interesting set of numbers.

    October 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. calvin

    To Dan Funk–Maybe you really need to come up out of the Old Testament and read the New Testament. Maybe Acts 10:34 When Peter opened his mouth and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons. God does not show partiality of favoritsm. God does not show special attention to a person because of his or her wealth, social standing, position, looks or influence. He is the same God to the Jew, the Greek and the Gentiles. Man is the one who sees color, pass judgement on others. I pray that God if he hasn't already to reveal himself and His word of truth to You!! God Is No Respector of Persons!! God Bless you In Jesus Name!!

    October 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • guest poster


      First of all, that passage is from the book of mormon, not the old or new testament.

      Second, and I could be wrong, but people are reacting to the verse and not what is written before it. I think Dan Funk's actual point is that people don't want to vote for Romney BECAUSE of crap like that. If you read right above the verse, he points out that the Mormon church didn't treat Black Americans as human until the 1970s. He then uses that verse as evidence.

      October 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. AmericanPR

    Seperation of Church and State! Politics belong to the Devil... only when there is a White Bigot of all nations have the chair.PERIOD!!!!

    October 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. olga

    excellent post darnell..thanx ....

    October 20, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. worldcares

    I watched this interview and I liked it.
    Mitt Romney is a shrewd business man who has had the ability to create jobs, like many others, for the past four years.
    I'm voting for the the right man who has a path and that is Barak Obama.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Aqua

    Mitt is bad for our country. He doesn't even remember what he said yesterday but he stands by it whatever it was. DO people really want someone like him who doesn't have feelings for middle class n poor to be in charge. He says to borrow money from your parents for school lol not everyone parents are rich like his. Do you think I would tell people to borrow from parents no cause I understand there are people like me whom don't even have parents. And, go ER for medical care he says ......I went to ER once years ago I'm still paying for it. He is clueless. Vote for Obama.

    October 21, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. 1bluesmurf

    Piers Morgan made a lot of good sense, he didn't commit himself to any Candidate. It's very important that all U.S. Citizens pay attention to all of The News and Facts of both Candidates, as;
    We have enemies that are knocking on our door and trying to fool us into letting them in.
    We have enemies amoung us who are prepared to allow those outsiders to come in and take us down from within.
    U.S. Citizens need to listen and learn and most of all PAY ATTENTION!

    October 21, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Sylvia Huebert

    Why is it that when I sit down to watch Piers Morgan interview someone, it's always a repeat of what I watched a few nights ago? Other talk or interview shows always have someone different on,

    October 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Perry is an honest Democrat

    I'm watching Mr. Perry on Piers Morgan (possibly a re-broadcast) this Sunday evening. Wow – yes, he's a supporter of President Obama almost to a fault. On the other hand, this guy is honest, thoughtful, and not-fanatic. Love to sit and have my family share a pizza with him and his family.

    October 21, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. fatima

    I like Piers Morgan and feel he needs to tone it down a bit and not be too pushy for answers .

    October 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Lynn

    Blah, blah, blah.......he is half white and half black.....why do we have to keep hearing about him being an african american. He has polarized this country more in the last four years than any other president. He should have run as a mixed race and that would have helped the country more!!!

    October 22, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Valerie Tavares

    Love and respect Tyler Perry....Hollywood can learn so much from him...........

    October 22, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Griff

    "Yes Pierse there are too many Fucing Muslims in Canad as well!"

    October 22, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Darin

    As an actor I really like Tyler Perry. But, when it comes to his faith and the way he is voting I am a little disturbed. Like he says you have to look at the facts and what that person has to bring to the table. We all will have to be judged later down the line. Tyler knows this too.....but I am really disappointed in him. As far as hollywood goes....I just accept's hollywood, Valerie No their is nothing to learn their. Mitt Romney will prevail and hopefully our economy will be able to get back to where it use to be. UGH

    October 23, 2012 at 12:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
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