Tyler Perry Lost Some Viewers With His Message of Inclusion

Tyler Perry presented the award for album of the year.


The 51st Annual Country Music Association Awards threaded a theme of unity throughout the ceremony. Tyler Perry was one attendee who shared a message of inclusion, which brought out differing reactions from viewers.

“Now it has never been more important than it is right now that we all come together, find some common ground, spend some time listening to each other, and realize that we are more alike than we are not alike,” Perry said at the Wedesday, Nov. 8 ceremony, which saw opening commentary from hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley on President Donald Trump, but no mention of gun control.

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While his remarks garnered a standing ovation, some in the at-home crowd had a different response.

Still, others supported Perry’s message.

Perry presented the Album of the Year award to Chris Stapleton.

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