Why did Tyler Perry cast Kim Kardashian in The Marriage Counselor?
"She literally has millions of young people following her," the writer, director and actor wrote on his official website last week. "I thought and still do think, that it would be very responsible of her to be a part of this film."
Perry, 42, explained that Kardashian, 31, is just a supporting role in the film: she plays Ava, pal and coworker to the titular, romantically-challenged marriage counselor Judith (Jurnee Smollett).
The Madea's Family Reunion star said he cast Kardashian "about two months ago, long before I even heard about Kim's marriage or divorce." (The reality star filed for divorce from Kris Humphries on Oct. 31 after 72 days of marriage.)
"Millions of young people adore her and are following her every move," wrote Perry. "If one of those young people see this film and find the strength to live a better life and not go through what these characters went through in this movie, then we have all done what I feel I'm being led to do here."
But Perry quickly discovered his casting choice was controversial. "Y'all gave me a new movie title," he quipped. "Diary of a Mad Black Woman Cause You Hired Kim Kardashian, Don't Make Me Take Off My Earrings and Boycott Yo A**."
"Because I believe that my films speak from the inside out, why wouldn't Kim Kardashian be invited into a film about Faith, Forgiveness and the healing power of God?" he asked. "What is wrong with that?"