Is he gay? Does it matter? Rumors about award-winning multi-faceted entertainment mogul Tyler Perry have run rampant for years. If it isn’t discussion about his sexuality, there’s discussion about how ‘horrible’ his movies or TV shows are or the alleged woman he plans to marry.
In recent weeks, a man claiming to be “Tyler Perry’s gay best friend” recorded and posted a video that now has over 200,000 views on YouTube. In the video, he claims to have sat down with Tyler and a bunch of other “sissies” (smh) at a restaurant and at one point, Tyler allegedly explained why no one could know that he was a gay Black man.
“Tyler made it clear. He said ‘Look, no one can know that I’m gay,’” W. Hampton shared. “He told me that if people find out that he’s gay, he’s going to lose the support of the members of the ‘Black Church’.”
Now, if you know Tyler Perry’s past, before “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” arrived in movie theaters, his bread and butter was plays. He put on plays (self professed “Chitlin’ Circuit Plays” or “Gospel Musicals”), folks came out and supported (including many a church going fan). Over the years his audience grew and grew into what is now a strong community of loyal fans that support much of what he puts out. Some would even argue that they show up and show out regardless of the quality of his work. That’s a whole ‘nother topic for a different post…
Even though I can’t confirm the validity of Mr. Hampton’s statement, what he said does seem pretty plausible, considering the bible and the interpretation of scripture regarding man laying down with man as with woman… So the question is, would Tyler Perry be the Tyler Perry we know today if he had been an openly gay black man?
“Tyler knew enough about the church to tap in to that market and design these plays to bring these people out. Tyler made it clear to me that this was his bread and butter. If they found out that he was gay, they would in fact stop coming out to his plays. We argued this for a minute. It was an intense argument,” Hampton said, answering that question. “I couldn’t believe it, hearing him say he had to hide his sexuality to make money — which is exactly what he said.”
All of that said, now that Perry (“The Haves and the Have Nots”) has amassed a fortune and has created jobs for countless writers, producers, actors, actresses and more, can he come out (if he is gay) and retain it all? Will he lose it all if he does? Is lying, covering up, sitting in the closet etc. worth it for him at this point in his life? (again, if he his gay).
Personally, I don’t care who the man sleeps with… if he sleeps with anyone at all. That’s his business. What really matters is his life and his happiness. Who wants to be miserable, living a lie for the sake of what “they” say about it.