Tyler Perry calls for Biden landslide: ‘We have been dragged through the wringer’
Tyler Perry says he’s speaking out publicly about politics and against President Trump’s reelection bid because “we need to make a change.”
The Georgia-based filmmaker — who’s hosted fundraisers for former President Obama and the Democratic National Committee but in past years has not spoken out much politically — is opening up about supporting Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in the White House race.
“When you have influence, you have to be careful of how you use it and be specific in your choices of what you use,” Perry said in an interview with Variety published Wednesday.
“If you want more of the same, then you vote the way that you did in 2016,” he told the mag. “If you want something different, then we need to have a landslide out voting for Joe Biden.”
Under Trump’s presidency, Perry said, the country has “been drafted on the worst reality show that’s ever been produced, and none of us have been paid for it.”
“For the last 4 1/2 years or so, we have been dragged through the wringer, and it is completely exhausting. So many people are exhausted at the division, at the hate, at the pandemic — people are just exhausted and angry and frustrated. And if the people who bring hope [and] positivity give up, then the world has lost its balance,” the “Madea Family Funeral” star and director added.
The media mogul said he had his son in mind when deciding to voice his political leanings: “If it were just me, I could step back and maybe have a different opinion,” Perry said. “But I want [my son] to be able to go to the national parks and they’re not drilling inside of them, to be able to turn on a debate and see two men stand professionally, giving each other the respect to finish their two minutes that they’re allotted and not talking over and screaming at each other.”
“This is going to affect the country in the future,” Perry, 51, said. “And the great thing about a democracy is every four years, you have an opportunity to make a change, and I’m hoping that there are enough decent people who are seeing that we need to make a change.”