Monday, November 28, 2011

Tyler Perry Writes Open Letter To Penn State Sexual Abuse Victim


Via Rod 2.0 

Ok, so you're probably thinking "Two Tyler Perry posts back to back? Gurl what's up?" But unlike the my previous one about Perry's new TV show, this one is shade free. While anyone who's been reading my blog for more than a minute knows I have issues with TP's oeuvre, I gotta give praise when praise is due.

Perry wrote a touching letter to the former 11-year-old boy who spoke about the alleged sexual abuse committed by Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky. Now a teenager, the boy has been forced to leave school due to bullying from other students. In the letter, Perry talks about his own childhood abuse:

"I was a very poor young black boy in New Orleans, just a face without a name, swimming in a sea of poverty trying to survive. Forget about living, I was just trying to exist. I was enduring a lot of the same things that you’ve come forward and said happened to you, and it was awful. I felt so powerless. I knew what was happening to me, but unlike you, I couldn’t speak about it because no one saw me. I was invisible and my voice was inaudible.



So to think that you, when you were only 11 years old, spoke up—you are my hero! I’m so proud of you. You have nothing to be ashamed of. I want you to know you didn’t do anything wrong. It’s not your fault. Please know that you were chosen by a monster. You didn’t choose him. You didn’t ask for it and, most of all, you didn’t deserve it."

Read the full letter HERE.



1 comment:

Bama Boi said...

You know what? Much respect to Tyler for reaching out to the young man. No one ever wants to feel that they are suffering alone, and for Tyler to offer his words of encouragement, really speaks volumes.

Much respect.

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