America must remain a democracy

Tyler Perry spoke about his loyalty in the 2024 presidential election on Monday evening.

“Let me tell you what is important to me, and I want you to hear me clearly when I say it,” Perry said The Hollywood Reporter At the Divorce in Black Premiere on Monday evening. “It is important to me that America remains a democracy that is free from anyone who tries to change that or gain the power of a dictator or king. That is why I support anyone who stands up against it.”

Perry endorsed President Biden in the 2020 election. His less specific comments come as some in Hollywood have pushed back against the incumbent’s bid for a second term. Actors and executives such as Reed Hastings, Abigail Disney, Rob Reiner and others called on Biden to drop out of the race (though Reiner revised his opinion in a tweet on Monday). Many took issue with the president’s performance at last month’s debate, arguing that Biden is too old to seek re-election.

At the premiere, Perry also spoke about his insights from producing a film that looks behind the divorce statistics.

“I don’t know if I learned as much as I wanted to convey,” Perry said. “Letting things go and not trying to hold on to them … loving someone into a place they can’t go is so important.”

Divorce in BlackPerry’s second film from his four-film deal with Amazon, it follows Ava, a woman who is heartbroken when her husband leaves her. The film hits theaters on July 11.