Oprah & Tyler Perry Play Their Iconic Characters In This Hilarious OWN Parody Miss Sophia Meets Madea
All her life she had to fight—and she ain’t done yet.
Since leaving her talk show, Oprah Winfrey has been struggling to build her network OWN, which debuted on January 1, 2011. In an attempt to boost ratings, the Queen of All Media has teamed up with actor and screenwriter extraordinaire Tyler Perry for a hilarious new promo.
In the one-minute clip, Oprah dresses up as Sophia, her legendary character from The Color Purple, while Perry slips into full Madea mode and gets behind the wheel of a car in the search of the new cable network.
“Excuse me ma’am. I’m looking for OWN,” Perry says as he drives up besides Winfrey who is walking on a dirt road.
“All my life I had to fight,” Winfrey replies, confusing Perry. “I had to fight the press folks. I had to fight the ratings. I had to fight them haters. Girl, child ain’t safe in a world full of cable providers. I loves OWN. God knows I do but I ain’t gonna let nobody beat. You want a great cable channel? You find OWN like everybody else been doing.”
The commercial is just one of the ways Perry and Oprah are drumming up press for Perry’s two new scripted series, The Haves And Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor, which are both set to premiere on the Oprah Winfrey Network next month.
Watch Sophia Meets Madea below and compare it to the original speech from The Color Purple. How crazy is it that Oprah looks younger now than she did in 1985?