Tyler Perry Says Spike Lee "Can Go Straight to Hell"
Posted on Thu Apr 21, 2011 08:40 AM PDT

Perry200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Tyler Perry seemed to take a page out of his character Madea's book when talking about fellow filmmaker Spike Lee at a press conference this week.

"I'm so sick of hearing about damn Spike Lee," he said at a conference promoting his new film, Madea's Big Happy Family. "Spike can go straight to hell. You can print that."

Lee started a war of words with Perry in 2009 when he said that Perry's films "harken back to Amos 'n' Andy." He also criticized Perry's TV shows. "I still think there is a lot of stuff out today that is coonery and buffoonery," Lee said. "I know it's making a lot of money and breaking records, but we can do better. ... I see these two ads for these two shows (Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns and House of Payne), and I am scratching my head. We got a black president, and we going back to Mantan Moreland and Sleep 'n' Eat?"

At the conference, Perry referred to Lee's comments. "I am sick of him talking about me," he said. "I am sick of him saying, 'this is a coon, this is a buffoon.' I am sick of him talking about black people going to see movies."

Since 2005, Perry's films, most of which he writes, directs, produces and stars in, have grossed more than $520 million at the box office. Next up for the filmmaker is thriller I, Alex Cross, which he will only star in, and Good Deeds, for which he'll again take the reins in most respects.