Tyler Perry responds to all-white casting of his TLC Show

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ATLANTA (AP) - Tyler Perry is known for creating opportunities for black actors. But recently the African-American filmmaker weathered a backlash for assembling an all-white starring cast for the TLC drama series "Too Close to Home."
 
Perry rejects the criticism.
 
"That's totally reverse racism, because it was coming from African-American people," said Perry, speaking from his Atlanta studio. "I don't know if it was because they thought I should only be giving jobs to black people. Well, I think that's ridiculous."
 
These days, Perry says, he's more color-blind than ever from years traveling amid many cultures:  "I'm just finding out more as I travel the country and world, the more I meet people, we're all the same."
 
The second half of Perry's newest drama - "Too Close to Home" - premiers Jan. 4 on TLC.
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