Is Paying The Light Bill Enough?

Tyler Perry Says Black Women Should Marry Men Who Can Only Pay The Light Bill.

Rosalyn Morris


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Another day, another dating controversy.

Another day, another dating controversy over whether Black women should lower their standards or not…

This time actor/producer/director/billionaire Tyler Perry is in the hot seat for comments he made about Black women’s love lives. Tyler Perry, in an interview with actress Crystal Renee Hayslett, starts out by saying that Black women make a lot more money than Black men for the most part these days.

Is this true?

At least according to this website it’s not, but I digress.

Perry went on to say to Black women…

“If you can find love, if that man works at whatever job and is a good man, and is good to you, and honors you, and honors the house, and honors his wife, and does what he can… because his gift might not be your gift, that is okay. That’s not somebody that’s beneath you. That’s somebody who came to love you at your worth.”

The Madea actor continued, “As long as he’s secure in himself to know that ‘yeah, she makes most of the money, all I can pay is the light bill.’ As long as she’s comfortable enough to say ‘I’m gonna cover the mortgage and all the other stuff, that is fine.” (Emphasis mine)

I’m usually pretty neutral about this specific topic because a. it always seems to come up and b. if it works for you, it works for you…

In fact, when Iyanla Vanzant and Eboni K. Williams disagreed about whether women who make six figures should date bus drivers or not, I sided with Vanzant who said that yes, they should.