Wordless Wednesday: Forgiveness

Wordless Wednesday: Forgiveness

Tyler Perry and  Oprah Winfrey. Happy times.

Tyler Perry is an American director with a net worth in the hundreds of millions. He is the only film maker to have 5 films open #1 at the box office in the last five years beating out the likes of Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese, James Cameron and Quentin Tarantino. His 8 films have grossed more than $418 million dollars, each film cost less than $10 million to make (CelebrityNetWorth.com).

He also came on The Oprah Show last week and opened up about being physically abused and sexually molested three times before the age of 10. After enduring constant violent beatings from his father, he was also molested at age 5 by a neighbor, then molested by a male nurse from his church, and finally by his friend’s mother– they had intercourse when he was 10.

Click here to watch Tyler Perry discuss the unthinkable acts of horror he endured for years at the hands of his father, at such a tender young age.

Oprah: And yet, I know you still take care of him.

Tyler: I do.

Oprah: You still send him a check every month. You still have him living in a beautiful mansion in Louisiana. You still provide for him.

Tyler: I do. Because I forgave him. I had to.

Here’s the “On The Fence” question: Would YOU forgive? HOW do you forgive?

Share your thoughts with our community.


  1. How horrific. I can’t even imagine all the pain he endured. I could never never forgive too much damage was done. I don’t know how he did.

  2. it’s not the forgiveness part that’s hard, it’s the forgetting. If you can’t forget something you can never really move on from it. That is why it is so important to watch your actions and your words, because just because you apologize it doesn’t take away the other person being able to replay it again and again in their head.

  3. NEVER EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I watched that episode and I could barely stand to see the pain in his eyes. I don’t know how he still supports the animal.

  4. The only way to move forward was for him to forgive. He’ll never forget, but he had to forgive for his own personal well being.

  5. Forgiveness is the hardest thing to get past, thanks for posting this important blog, hate eats away at your heart and mind

  6. What I forgot to add, is that Tyler’s coming forward about MALE sexual abuse, will hopefully shed light on this issue and help encourage the thousands of abused BOYS to come out of hiding and get help. Tyler Perry is a true inspiration. You should also know he was living in his car, and watching Oprah’s show inspired him to start writing. His story is exceptional in every way.

  7. I’ve always loved Tyler Perry. I admire him even more now and respect him even more. Precious and Diary of a mad black woman were great films. Good for him for being big enough to forgive and not forget.

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