In his moving Oscar speech, he explained that he learned the power of compassion from his mother.
‘She taught me to refuse hate and blanket judgment,’ Perry said, while urging everyone to start ‘meeting in the middle’ to let ‘healing begin.’
‘I refuse to hate someone because they’re Mexican or because they are black or white. Or LGBTQ,’ he said. ‘I refuse to hate someone because they’re a police officer or because they’re Asian. I would hope we would refuse hit hate.’
Perry also asked audiences to think about compromise more, saying: ‘I want to take this humanitarian award and dedicate it to anyone who wants to stand in the middle.’
‘Because that’s where healing, where conversation, where change happens.’