I was honored to participate in Oprah's show about male survivors of sexual abuse. I wanted these shows to empower survivors.
Then I was looking at her site, and I saw this: "Tune in on November 5, 2010, when Tyler returns to help 200 abused men"
Tyler Perry has NO qualifications to "help" abused men any more than just being a survivor! He is no different than you or I. And to me, this implies that I need "help" because I was one of the 200. And if he was there to help, I challenge anyone that went to tell me how helped them personally!
I PAID for help (therapy) that I guarantee you Tyler Perry could NEVER do! The implication of this promotion makes us all sound desperate and lost and in need of Tyler. And that, somehow, he is qualified to provide this "help." Not only a joke, but an insult. It's an insult to all the work I did to facilitate my own recovery.
The very idea that I went on the show for help is offensive. I went there to promote public awareness of these despicable acts. Not to be held up as a helpless individual dealing with it.
Here is the link: http://www.oprah.com/showinfo/First-TV-Interview-Tyler-Perry-Speaks-Out-About-Being-Molested_1
I am not going to let this go!