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Monday, 26 April 2021

‘Refuse Hate,’ ‘Stand In The Middle’ - Says Tyler Perry In His Oscars Humanitarian Award Acceptance Speech

American actor and movie mogul, Tyler Perry, on Sunday night urged others to “refuse hate” and “stand in the middle” as he accepted the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 2021 Oscars.

He was honored for his long history of philanthropy, including the free meals he regularly bestows on thousands of recipients in the Atlanta area where he lives and works. 

In his speech, he said his mother grew up in the Jim Crow South in rural Louisiana, grieving the deaths of Emmett Till and the young Black girls who died in the church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama. “My mother taught me to refuse hate. She taught me to refuse blanket judgment,” the 51-year-old said.

“And in this time and with all of the Internet and social media and algorithms and everything that wants us to think a certain way, the 24-hour news cycle, it is my hope that all of us would teach our kids, and not only to remember, (but) just refuse hate,” he said.

“I refuse to hate someone because they are Mexican, or because they are Black or white or LGBTQ. I refuse to hate someone because they are a police officer. I refuse to hate someone because they are Asian,” he said.

He then dedicated his award to “anyone who wants to stand in the middle,” he said, “because that’s where healing happens.” “So anyone who wants to meet me in the middle, to refuse hate, to refuse blanket judgment and to help lift someone’s feet off the ground, this one is for your too,” he said. 

Speaking backstage, Perry added that his late mom was with him in spirit as he accepted his award. 

“I could feel her at the moment. I could feel her. Anytime I’m up there, I’m carrying her with me and all that she went through and all we went through together,” he said. 

Perry’s speech was notably centrist, but Perry hasn’t shied away from calling out cops for instances of brutality.

Credit: Daily News


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