The annual Oscar Awards ceremony took place last night. There was one speech that stood out from the rest, calling for an end to hatred on both sides of the political spectrum, among the opening remarks praising Derek Chauvin’s arrest, pro-abortion comments, and those turning award acceptance speeches into police condemnations. Tyler Perry, an actor, director, producer, and screenwriter, gave an emotional acceptance speech in which he spoke out against traditional “Hollywood rhetoric.” Perry stunned the crowd when he said “I refuse to hate someone because they are a police officer”.
Tyler Perry gave one of the most important speeches of the night while accepting the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
After a touching introduction by Oscar winner Viola Davis, Perry, whose foundation has done everything from buying groceries for those in need to paying tuition for students, took the stage.
The filmmaker gave a powerful speech about why he believes we should all begin teaching our children to “refuse hate” in this day and age. Calling on people to meet “in the center” of their political discussions and have conversations rather than tossing hateful allegations back and forth. People should not make general declarations of hatred towards a group only because the media wants them to, according to his voice. Perry stood out from the anti-police rhetoric that is common at Hollywood awards shows by refusing to hate cops because of their job.
“In this time, 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 will teach our kids, and not only to remember but just refuse hate,” Perry in his speech.
“Don’t hate anybody,” the actor continued. “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. I would hope we would refuse hate.”
After that, Perry devoted his award to “anyone who wants to stand in the middle – no matter what’s around the walls.”
“Because that’s where healing, happens,” he said. “That’s where conversation happens, that’s where change happens. It happens in the middle. 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 you, too.”
“I refuse to hate someone because they are a police officer”: Tyler Perry wins Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Oscars pic.twitter.com/P6PJZlUQdV
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