Successful actor and director Tyler Perry is making a bold statement about the controversy regarding Joel Osteen's megachurch purportedly “closing its doors” to Harvey flood victims — and he's bringing along his checkbook.
Perry commented on the social media-generated non-troversy while extending the generous aid to needy Texans and Louisianans. The actor announced the contribution in a video posted to his official Facebook page:
“I know that there’s been some controversy about Joel Osteen and him not opening the doors of the church,” the actor said. “Joel and Victoria are amazing people — there’s no way that they would lock people out of the church or not let people seek shelter.”
“There were some safety concerns, and I spoke to them on the phone, and it all made perfect sense to me,” he continued. "So, before you just run and judge somebody real quick, you need to know the whole circumstances.”
Joel Osteen has clarified the circumstances surrounding the Lakewood Church during the Harvey flooding, and told the “Today” show that “[Houston] didn’t need us as shelter then,” Osteen said. ”We coordinate with them all the time. If we needed to be a shelter, we certainly would’ve been a shelter right when they first asked."
As People magazine reported, Perry is also donating $250,000 to Rudy Rasmus, who is Beyoncé’s pastor. In his video, he appeals to viewers to seek out charities that can be most effective in delivering aid.
“Make sure you are giving to people that are getting the monies directly to the people that need it.”
“If you want to give, I will challenge you to find someone who has boots on the ground and who can really be effective.”
Perry has been praised by Christian organizations for bringing faith back to the box office. It also appears from his latest massive donation to the Harvey relief effort, he not only talks the talk, but he walks the walk.