Tyler Perry is speaking out with a powerful message.
The 51-year-old star accepted the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 2021 Academy Awards on Sunday (April 25) at Union Station in Los Angeles.
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During the speech, Tyler told a story of meeting a homeless woman, and how she reminded him of his own experience at one time of being homeless. He also addressed judgment and hatred amid rising levels of anti-Asian violence, as well as protests amid police brutality.
“It is my hope that all of us will teach our kids: refuse hate. Don’t hate anybody,” he said.
Watch his impassioned speech inside…
“I refuse to hate someone because they are Mexican or because they are Black or white or LBGTQ. 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 would refuse hate.”
He then dedicated the award to standing in the middle, because “that’s where healing happens…it happens in the middle.”
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