Actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry announced on Monday that he has canceled his final stage tour as his popular Madea character after becoming disgusted by unauthorized promoters charging fans extortionate fees for fake meet-and-greet sessions with him.
Perry has been performing in drag as Mabel "Madea" Simmons for years, but he recently announced that his "Madea Gets a Job" trek across the U.S. this fall would be his last live show as the larger-than-life character. He was due to begin the final leg of gigs in Georgia on Thursday, with dates also booked in California, Las Vegas, New York and Florida.
In a post on his blog, he writes, "Unfortunately, due to circumstances that I can't control, we've had to cancel this leg of the Madea Gets A Job tour. Here's why. I set a ticket price for the show starting at $25. The reason I set the price so low is so that everyone could get a chance to come out and see the show. I know how tight things are right now. I GET IT! I do not tour to make a living, I tour because I love staying connected to all of you. I love seeing your faces, hearing you laugh and seeing you enjoy yourselves. It gives me great joy."
However, Perry says he's grown increasingly annoyed by ticket scalpers taking advantage of his popularity and charging fans highly inflated prices for entrance to his gigs, and the most recent illegal promotion prompted him to scrap his tour altogether.
He continues, "There are some horrible people who are pretending to be me or representing me on Facebook and charging people money to do a meet and greet on the tour... They are telling people that they are me or working for me and charging them $150 for a meet and greet after the play. DON'T FALL FOR THIS!! That's not me. This is so frustrating! Why are people so evil? Why can't people just get legitimate jobs and stop trying to do the wrong thing all the time? If they put the same amount of energy into doing the right thing as they do in doing the wrong thing they could make it. It's so sad. To all of you who have bought tickets and made plans to be there I am so sorry. I really am but my hands are tied. This was the last live Madea tour and I'm super sorry that you won't get to see it live. All refunds should be given back to you."
It is sad that people spend more time trying to make an ill gotten dollar for
a few minutes rather than invest in a legitimate venture that will last longer.
If you can take time to think up a scheme, you can think of ways to earn a
living that are done with character and integrity. People stop thinking that the
only way you can make it in life is through lying, stealing and cheating. I applaud
people like Tyler who chose not to let circumstance and situation defeat them.
They used what God has given them, (FAITH) and kept doing the right thing to make
a life for themselves and helped many others along the way. I admire all of the Tyler
Perry characters, especially "Madear". I congratulate you Tyler, you have shown the
world what can happen when you decide that can't, isn't a part of your vocabulary.
God Bless you in your future endeavors.
I raise my glass to you Mr. Perry for being a good , hard working , honest man .
Some of these people need to be shamed publicly for trying to cheat your fans .