"There's nothing funny about Tyler Perry's latest work," said Michael Y. Park in People. After watching a screening of Precious, the "lauded" new movie he produced with Oprah Winfrey about "a 16-year-old girl who is physically and emotionally abused," Perry took to his website to reveal the beatings and other "horrific abuse he suffered as a child."
This is the "boldest, bravest act of his career," said Mary Elizabeth Williams in Salon. Perry is "easily the most famous man to talk about being molested, and he's forthright about being abused by both a male and a female." Perry's "brutal, heartbreaking" memories include "more pain than any child should ever endure," and the response on his "message board was immediate and overwhelming."
"Perry's memories are horrific," said Amelie Gillette in The Onion's A.V. Club, "and I don't doubt his claims of childhood abuse." But it's baffling that Perry could suffer such abuse and still make a film like Madea's Family Reunion—"in part, a movie about how an old spinster woman hilariously beats some sense and discipline into a foster child." Is there a "funny kind" of child abuse?