It’s hard to know if Tyler Perry is gay or not, we’re not trying to say. But there are rumblings that are seeking to insinuate that he might be part of the gay community. Aaron McGruder, creator of the Boondocks made a television episode that seemed to imply that Perry might be gay. The episode led t a backlash from Perry and stirred a great deal of controversy.
Now, a popular YouTube video by a man named Walter Lee Hampton II is accusing Perry of turning his back on the black gay community. Hampton, who says he was a friend of Perry’s back in the 1990s, says that he feels that once Perry became successful, he sought to disavow his association with the gay community.
Hampton says that he is tired of gay men who use the gay community to become successful and then act as if they are ashamed of who they are. He says that gay black men helped Perry to get his start, and that Perry has kept his existence in hiding largely to avoid losing the support of the black church, particularly in the south, where Perry has a very large audience.
“These guys need love, support and understanding,” he said. “To run away and do nothing, I just have a problem with that.”
Whether Hampton is accurate or not in his assessment of the situation, he does appear to be sincere. Also, we have to ask if the black community’s decision to abandon gay black men leads them to feel even more lonely, hurt and isolated than they would feel otherwise. Check out the video and share your thoughts.