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From Madea to Media MogulTheorizing Tyler Perry$
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TreaAndrea M. Russworm, Samantha N. Sheppard, and Karen M. Bowdre

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496807045

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2018

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496807045.001.0001

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“Who I Am Is Conflicting with This Dress I Got On”: Madea’s Intimate Public and the Possibilities and Limitations of False Disguise

“Who I Am Is Conflicting with This Dress I Got On”: Madea’s Intimate Public and the Possibilities and Limitations of False Disguise

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(p.118) Chapter Six “Who I Am Is Conflicting with This Dress I Got On”: Madea’s Intimate Public and the Possibilities and Limitations of False Disguise
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From Madea to Media Mogul
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Rachel Jessica Daniel

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496807045.003.0006

Rachel Daniel explores Madea’s popularity among Black women and also demonstrates how the character successfully functions at the center of Perry’s media output. She explores the many complicated and often contradictory layers of appeal that Perry’s performances of Madea encourage. In doing so, she grapples with some of the ideological and political limitations of this character by investigating Perry’s use of drag as a “false disguise” to perform Madea. Her exploration crests around the investigation of specific social and cultural values that motivate Perry’s unique construction of his famous character. In Daniel’s theorization, Perry’s fan base around Madea represents a powerful, critical, and vocal discourse community--an intimated public--that has supported the media mogul and his contested character despite rampant critiques of the character’s flawed presentation or of Perry’s motives in constructing her.

Keywords:   Madea, Drag, Intimate Public, False Disguise, Representation

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