The latest episode of FX’s Atlanta has everyone talking about Tyler Perry.
The episode, “Work Ethic!”, named after Perry’s now-infamous tweet featuring a picture of several of his scripts written in an extremely short amount of time, was a huge critique of Tyler Perry and his work.
Creator and star Donald Glover, once again wearing prosthetics, plays Kirkwood Chocolate, a Black entertainment creator.
In the episode, Van (Zazie Beetz) has landed a guest appearance on one of Kirkwood’s shows, which leads to Van and her friends being trapped in a Willy Wonka-esque funhouse. Like many of the critiques of Perry’s work, Kirkwood’s projects are rushed and hard to believe. One of Van’s pointed remarks to Kirkwood, according to Rolling Stone, is calling him out “as a con man who exploits the people he claims to be helping by casting them in these melodramatic, unrelatable stories.”