Tyler Perry to fans amid coronavirus pandemic: ‘Let's not be selfish’

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Like many people in metro Atlanta and around the country, Tyler Perry has been at home as many continue to practice social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Atlanta-based media mogul took to Instagram recently to share how he’s remaining positive amid the turmoil.

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Been listening to this song over and over to encourage myself, to stay positive, and to remember that this is all in God’s hands and that this too shall pass. But until then, we’ve got to take it seriously. As I listened to this song I had these thoughts... Maybe this thing has come to stop all the hate and rhetoric. Maybe it has shown up to remind us that we are all one. Maybe it's shown up to remind us that we should be looking out for each other rather than using every bit of hate speech to divide us. Maybe it showed up to remind us that hate CAN NEVER WIN! Maybe it showed up to remind us of our humanity. Maybe it showed to humble us. Who knows what the reason is, but whatever it is, I would love to see a lot more prayer and a lot less panic. A lot less finger pointing and a lot less judgement. What I would love to see is us being one nation, under God, INDIVISIBLE!! Please listen to your local and state governments. Social distancing should be taken seriously. Wash your hands, wipe down door handles, and avoid touching your face as much as you can. Take care of the people who are at higher risk. Let’s not be selfish because we're not in the higher risk groups. Let’s help protect them. And most of all, for those of us who do pray, let’s send up some strong and solid fasting and prayers for this nation, our world, and all of those affected by this, which is ALL OF US!! This too shall pass.

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“Been listening to this song over and over to encourage myself, to stay positive, and to remember that this is all in God’s hands and that this too shall pass. But until then, we’ve got to take it seriously,” Perry’s lengthy post began as he referred to Grammy-winning gospel singer Yolanda Adams’ song “This Too Shall Pass.”

Perry went on to say he’d like to see “(a) lot less finger pointing and a lot less judgement.”

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"Please listen to your local and state governments. Social distancing should be taken seriously. Wash your hands, wipe down door handles, and avoid touching your face as much as you can," Perry said. "Take care of the people who are at higher risk. Let's not be selfish because we're not in the higher risk groups. Let's help protect them. And most of all, for those of us who do pray, let's send up some strong and solid fasting and prayers for this nation, our world, and all of those affected by this, which is ALL OF US!! This too shall pass."

Part of Perry's message referenced the bare shelves of grocery stores that followed shoppers panic-buying last week. He also pointed out looking after groups who are at a higher-risk of contracting the disease COVID-19, which is caused by the coronavirus.

Like many, Perry’s work has also been affected by the  pandemic. Tyler Perry Studios put production on hold this week, despite plans to shoot two TV series on the grounds of the former Fort McPherson U.S. Army base.