Filmmaker and producer Tyler Perry urged national unity as he accepted a special Oscar on Sunday, using his speech to encourage people to “meet me in the middle” and “refuse hate.”
The Madea actor was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his work in the community and his efforts to help those in the entertainment industry during the coronavirus pandemic.
While some of Sunday’s winners made overtly political comments, Tyler Perry appeared to reject partisanship by taking a centrist position.
“I refuse to hate someone because they are Mexican or because they are black or white or LBGTQ [sic]. I refuse to hate someone because they are a police officer. I refuse to hate someone because they are Asian,” he said.
Tyler Perry accepts Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award “I refuse to hate someone because they are Mexican or because they