Tyler Perry told audiences to ‘refuse hate’ while being awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award on Sunday night at the 93rd annual Academy Awards.
The filmmaker, 51, was emotional as he accepted the honor from Atlanta, Georgia, where he reflected on how he learned the power of compassion from his mother, who rejected resentment even as she grew up in the segregated South.
‘She taught me to refuse hate and blanket judgment,’ Perry said, while urging everyone to start ‘meeting in the middle’ to let ‘healing begin.’
‘In this time, with all of the internet and social media and algorithms that want us to think a certain way,’ the Madea mogul explained.
‘The 24-hour news cycle. It’s my hope that we teach our kids, refuse hate. Don’t hate anybody.’
‘I refuse to hate someone because they’re Mexican or because they are black or white. Or LGBTQ,’ he said. ‘I refuse to hate someone because they’re a police officer or because they’re Asian. I would hope we would refuse hit hate.’
Perry also asked audiences to think about compromise more, saying: ‘I want to take this humanitarian award and dedicate it to anyone who wants to stand in the middle.’
‘Because that’s where healing, where conversation, where change happens.
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