*Orlando Jones has made a career of being a jokester. But the former 7up guy has made a lot of enemies for his spoofing of Madea, Tyler Perry’s most popular fictional character.
Back in an April Fools blog for the Huffington Post, Jones dressed in white-face as an old woman and wrote that he would be replacing Tyler Perry as his popular character Madea in an up-coming film. Dated on April 1st in the Huffington Post Comedy section, it was a pretty obvious prank. However, a lot of people weren’t laughing.
“We put up an old picture from this movie we were going to do like ten years ago with me as a white woman,” Jones tells TheUrbanDaily.com. “I decided not to do the movie for a lot of different reasons. We sent it out and people don’t read. I was dressed as a white woman. I tagged it April Fool’s. But people was heated!”
All things considered, the controversy thrust Jones back into the public eye at the most opportune of times. Despite being quite active on television, Jones hasn’t been seen on the big screen in quite some time, prompting some to question where he’s been.
However, he has recently launched a digital graphic novel “Tainted Love”and it was just announced that he would be starring in a new Fox series, “Sleepy Hollow.”
“The entertainment business has changed so much,” he says of his absence from movie screens. “Distribution changed. What sort of movies they were pushing changed. It became about tent pole movies like ‘Avatar,’ ‘Avengers’ etc. And traditionally there have been very few African-Americans to occupy a space in those movies. Somebody who I have a tremendous amount of respect for like Jamie Foxx, up until ‘Django Unchained’ he hadn’t done a studio movie in five years–and he has an Oscar. That’s how much the business has shifted on so many levels. And if you care about the things you put out in the world as a Black man there’s certain things you’re not gonna do.”