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Tyler Perry urges Americans to reject hate and ‘stand in the middle’ in Oscars speech

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Tyler Perry, winner of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, poses in the press room during the Oscars on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles. 

Tyler Perry urged Americans to reject hate and “stand in the middle” as he accepted a humanitarian honor at the Academy Awards on Sunday.

“It is my hope that all of us would teach our kids, and not only to remember, just refuse hate. Don’t hate anybody,” the “Madea Family Funeral” actor and director said as he took to the Oscars stage in Los Angeles to receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

“I refuse to hate someone because they are Mexican or because they are Black or white or LGBTQ,” Perry, 51, said.


“I refuse to hate someone because they are a police officer. I refuse to hate someone because they are Asian. I would hope that we refuse hate,” the media mogul said.

Crediting his mother with raising him to help others, Perry said he dedicated his award “to anyone who wants to stand in the middle — no matter what’s around the walls — stand in the middle, because that’s where healing happens.”

“That’s where conversation happens,” Perry continued. “That’s where change happens — it happens in the middle.”

“So anyone who wants to meet me in the middle,” Perry said as he wrapped up his remarks, “to refuse hate, to refuse blanket judgement, and to help lift someone’s feet off the ground, this is for you, too.”

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