Essence Atkins blasts Tyler Perry for casting Kim Kardashian in ‘Temptation’; Twitter reacts

Tyler Perry and Kim Kardashian at the "Temptation" premiere in Atlanta

Tyler Perry and Kim Kardashian at the “Temptation” premiere in Atlanta

Veteran actress Essence Atkins has joined the mob of black theater-goers who detested the fact that he used reality show queen and Twitter sensation Kim Kardashian in his latest film Temptation. Critics and detractors of the move to cast Kim K accused the filmmaker of exploiting the sex-tape siren and leverage her vast Twitter kingdom in order to bring a new audience to his latest film.

Count Atkins among the repulsed and reviled. She spilled the contents of her soul in an exclusive interview with Sister 2 Sister magazine, where Atkins sounded flummoxed that the the brunette bubble-head was cast when she’s not a traditional actress.

Keep in mind as you read the following that Atkins is one of the few African American actresses who has never been cast in one of Tyler Perry’s films.

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  • Roni Clark
    April 24, 2013

    She told nothing but the truth. Just because she’s never been in one of his movies, does not mean that she’s throwing shade. By associating himself with KK, he’s failed MAJORLY!! It is the black community that has held him down when the critics hated EVERYTHING he did. For him to cast KK in that movie in a bid to lure her followers, is a slap in the face! I did not support the movie BECAUSE he cast her. I don’t even want to see it bootleg!

  • co co
    April 24, 2013

    Loved KK in the movie…Go Tyler

  • AprilTurner
    April 24, 2013

    go away kk…you and yo baby go west and hide under a rock

  • tiltT
    April 25, 2013

    Oh is poor Essence mad because Tyler didnt cast her?? I mean the girl is on what, 3 tv shows already? She’s not working enough? Essence is not all that of an actress.

    Get over yourself Essence. Tyler really wont be hiring you in any of his films now. Kardashian was not hired for her talent, Tyler hired her as publicity tool to get her fans to come see the film.

    Learn that this is a BUSINESS people, it aint about talent anymore. Essence does not have an international fan base, most people, except in the black community, have never heard of Essence .

    • hatetoregister
      April 28, 2013

      Right – and what Essence was saying was that Kim was hired just for the reason you outlined – AND IT DIDN’T WORK! Tyler’s film did worse than most of his movies! He doesn’t NEED that to be successful and, in this case, having Kim in it backfired!

  • lizzy
    April 25, 2013

    Atkins is so telling the truth, don’t HATE!

  • punchUinyaChest
    April 25, 2013

    I get it I get what essence was saying but at the end of the day perry made that call and she along with every one else needs to respect that.essence booboo girl friend,that man gottah make his doe just like u gottah make yours.hellooooo

  • Guest
    May 7, 2013


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