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Tyler Perry urges Oscars viewers to 'refuse hate' in powerful humanitarian award acceptance speech

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Tyler Perry holding a wine glass: Tyler Perry at the 93rd Academy Awards. Chris Pizzello/Getty © Provided by INSIDER Tyler Perry at the 93rd Academy Awards. Chris Pizzello/Getty
  • Perry accepted the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 93rd Academy Awards on Sunday.
  • In his acceptance speech, the filmmaker urged people to raise their kids to "refuse hate."
  • "I refuse to hate someone because they are Mexican or because they are Black or white or LGBTQ."
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While accepting the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 93rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Tyler Perry delivered one of the most powerful speeches of the evening.

Perry, who through his foundation has done everything from buying groceries for those in need to paying tuition for students, took the stage after a moving introduction by Oscar winner Viola Davis.

The filmmaker gave a moving speech about why he hopes in this day and age that we will all start raising our children to "refuse hate."


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"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 said.

"Don't hate anybody," the renowned movie mogul continued. "I refuse to hate someone because they are Mexican or because they are Black or white or LGBTQ," he continued. "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."

Perry then dedicated 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."

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