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Tyler Perry Talks Breaking Down Myth of Perfection In
Christianity
Article By Tamara Abrams:: EEW MAGAZINE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Media mogul Tyler Perry, 44, is enjoying the success of his ratings-grabbing OWN drama The Haves and Have
Nots
. Last month, it drew a record-breaking 3.4 million viewers to Oprah Winfrey’s network.

But the success of the show has not negated the negative feelings some carry toward one of the main
characters, Hanna Young, a deeply flawed Christian portrayed by actress Crystal Fox—whom Perry defends.
The problem?

Hanna’s staunch religious stance seemingly conflicts with her uncharacteristic attitudes and behaviors. But
Perry argues, she is a realistic depiction of what people of faith honestly look like.

Recently, on an episode of “The Tyler Perry Show,” the creator, executive producer and writer of the dramatic
series said, "Because she's Christian. And lots of people [don’t agree with her behavior], man, they are giving
you, 'What kind of Christian does not talk to their daughter? What kind of Christian does not tell her daughter
where her son his?'"

Then he added, "I did not want to write the perfect Christian, because I don't know any”—a statement the
audience applauded.

Perry, who has been under increased public scrutiny after being vocal about his faith, particularly following the
infamous Sunday morning when he spoke in tongues and laid hands on Bishop T.D. Jakes, rejects the notion
that perfection has anything to do with serving Christ.

When it comes to flawless people, he said, “There was only one, and it was Jesus. But on this earth, I feel like
people have put so much emphasis on trying to be perfect that nobody wants to strive or even look towards
Christianity.”

He continued, “Everybody's looking at everything else,” meaning other faiths, “because the image of it
(Christianity) is that you have to be perfect, which is not so. It is not so. It is a process, it is about being the best
you can be, and being as strong as you can be to grow through whatever you're going through."

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MARCH 4, 2014
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