Filmmaker Tyler Perry has pledged to donate $1 million to assist hurricane victims in Texas. However he additionally made a way more shocking announcement: $250,000 of these funds would go to televangelist Joel Osteen’s Houston-based megachurch.
Osteen & his spouse, Victoria, have come under fierce criticism for failing to supply their 16,000-seat church to evacuees who needed shelter after Hurricane Harvey make landfall on Aug. 25. Osteen told CNN in that tale was a “false narrative” & by Tues. had opened the doors of his 606,000-square-foot Lakewood Church.
In a video published Fri. to Fb, Perry defined his decision to send 1 / 4 of his donation to Osteen’s church.
“I do know there’s been some disagreement about Joel Osteen & him not opening the doors of the church. Let me inform you one thing: Joel & Victoria are superb people. There is no method they would lock people out of the church and never let people in for shelter. There have been some safety considerations. I spoke to them on the phone, & all of it made acceptable sense to me,” wrote Perry, best known for a collection of comedies by which he plays Mabel “Madea” Simmons.
Perry additionally stated he had been disheartened to seek out out donations he had made up to now did not make it to the victims he was intending to assist. So “I used to be making an attempt to seek out the right charity to donate to,” he stated. “What I used to be in search of have been individuals who have been boots on the bottom, who might assist instantly, people who I trust, people who I do know are going to do-the right thing.”
Another $250,000 will go to Rudy Rasmus, longtime pastor to a well-known Houston native, singer Beyonce, Perry stated.
While Osteen’s judges shook their heads & blamed on Twitter, no less than one guy backed Perry’s decision to provide to Lakewood Church:
“Thanks @tylerperry on your kind words & superb generosity,” Osteen twittered on Fri..
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