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This Ticked Me Off

I was doing an interview recently and the interviewer asked me why was I glorifying single moms. I explained to him that single moms needed to be celebrated, not ostracized. Most single moms are not that way by choice. Circumstance caused them to be in that situation and just like my Aunt Jerry, who raised four boys by herself, she never complained and never asked for handouts. She did what she had to do. Why hate on single moms? Are you kidding me? I know so many people who were raised by single moms and I know a lot of single moms. It’s the hardest job in the world when you do it right.

So this movie is dedicated to the single moms that are doing it right and a wake up call to the ones who aren’t. You never know who you’re raising.

Let’s be clear: this is not a male-bashing, woe-is-me, I’m-a-single-mother movie. This is a movie about the strength of the single mom. I did this movie to show the world what a lot of you go through. It’s funny, it’s heartfelt, it’s full of hope, but most of all it’s about how coming together can change your life. I want you to go see it, single mom or not.

This movie is important for so many reasons. It celebrates one of the most overlooked people in our country. I just want to say that I see you single moms, I hear you, and to everybody out there that knows one or was raised by one, bring them to the movies tomorrow. Lets show them that we are thankful.

This one’s for you, single moms, HAPPY SINGLE MOTHERS DAY!

Enjoy The Single Moms Club, in theaters tomorrow.

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  • Moli Fontana california

    Thank You Mr. Perry for your celebrating us single moms. I raised 7 children on my own after kicking out my husband of 18yrs of marriage and father of all 7 children. The situation was unacceptable for me and my precious children. It is a lot of work that makes us all strong but when our children know there are certain things we cannot allow it all is worth it when they each find their authentic spirit and teach others on their road to do the same. 2 of my boys, Daniell (27), Umi (25) served in the Navy and one of my daughters (21) is currently serving in the Navy. My other dauther works at the Cardiology department at Loma Linda and my 23 year old son is looking for work and my 15 yr old is in the 10th grade in high school and my 11year old just started 6th grade. They are my treasures and the reason why I live my life the way I do. TO be a good example for them. Love you and your work. I heard You'll be in Riverside next month. May you stay in your Blessings> Moli Umi Tei Torres

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  • Kathy NJ

    Dear Mr. Perry, I never planned on being a single mom and wound up a single mom of two beautiful boys, one with special needs. There are no words to describe how hard it was to parent 2 boys, educate myself about special needs, learn how to parent that way, run my son to drs and therapists AND work more than full time. I dedicated my life to raising my boys and didn't date for years. What got us thru was our knowledge that God loves us. Church and volunteering were foundations for my boys as well as mealtime grace and nightly prayers together. I am happy to report that both boys are active in our church and do well in school. In fact, my oldest with special needs is making the Deans List at our local college. He still has many challenges ahead, but with God by our side we will make it. P.S. He does one heck of a Madea impersonation.

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  • Phyllis Boardman, Ohio

    Dear Tyler, Yes, I do feel like I am on first name basis with you! I have been following you from the beginning of your awesome journey and shall continue. Thanks for speaking up for single mothers. I was a single mother at the age of 16 because of abuse. My mother is a single mother because the father never took responsibility! Single mothers deserve to be supported and praised in many aspects for their positive roles in the lives of their children. Tyler, continue to speak out! Maya Angelou would not want it any other way! Continue to be the awesome role model that you are and continue to push out the terrific gifts you have. I love, love, love The Have and the Have Nots and could give you an evaluation on every one of the characters. I will keep tuning into OWN (go Oprah!) and Tyler- you keep speaking out! I only have one regret. If I was younger Tyler, I would be working for you!!!!

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  • Shanyria Clarke 107 B Patrick Street

    Dear Tyler Perry, I love your show The Have and The Have Not's. I love your work so much please don't keep your fans hanging till January all the fans need to know now . Please Mr.Perry don't leave us hanging. Your biggest fan -Shanyria Clarke

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  • kelvinisha memphis

    This Was Posted On My BirthDay My Mother Has Been Single Forever I Dont A Man That Will Step & im Nt Asking For One , We Mad It This Far So Im Satisfide I Seen This Movie The Day It Came In Theaters , I Have To Say Black Lady Is My Mom All The Way Very Inspiring Loved It ?

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  • Mitnee Atlanta

    I too am a single mom and I concur, That's Ludicrous! That person must not like his/her mom. Well, it's confirmed that there are still narrow minded people living in this world walking around with their eyes SHUT!

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  • Sandra Papuni New Zealand

    Hi Tyler. Being a single parent doesn't make us less a parent than a couple. We are actually motivated to work twice as much or more than the partnership package. Being a member of a Church group helps tremendously because we're never alone to raise our children. God is the Ultimate Father of us all. If we commit to what we're capable of toward our responsibilities, He will add the increase, or the remainder, if not more, of what we require to balance our household. I am a single mother of 5 boys, and three grandchildren. Fortunately I have adult children in this package who are co-ops with me in raising and providing for this family. Abiding by the articles of faith of our Church, and the family proclamation from God, through our prophets, to the world, we strive to survive, with faith that God is our Provider, therefore, we allow no worldly afflictions to hinder our faith that God will do as His Word has said, to provide for His children. Sometimes God brings about circumstances to bring us to humbleness, as once I was married to a wealthy man who had no time for the things of God, therefore his worldly habbits brought about the distruction of our marriage. But the boys and I are still alive, well sheltered, clothed and fed. We are not wealthy but we are not desolate. We get on with what needs to be done to live as well as we possibly can. It is not because New Zealand is among the good countries, because New Zealand is one of the stinkest paying and most expensive living countries in the world. Most kiwis go to Aussie to find better paying jobs. I wanted to share this with other solo mums, in hope that they'll come to an understanding of how great God's love for us is. Your well being is of vital importance to our God. Money doesn't make us better than others - service to people does.

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  • Melissa Wilkerson Lake Charles, LA

    Mr. Tyler Perry, I recently (an hour or so ago) posted a comment in the "Talk to Me" area stating that I have emailed you a message (my story & a question) and that I wasn't sure if the email address I sent it to was correct, so, before I say my initial comment from your above post, let me first again say please if you did not receive my email message, please send me a quick 1 line email to my email that I gave in the "info" box above just saying you haven't got my email and please, please, please, allow me the privilege of knowing a way to get it to you so that you may personally read it yourself. Now on to the comment I have after reading your post "This Ticked Me Off"..... As you will come to see in the email message I so desperately want to reach you, I am a 34 year old single mother of 2. My daughter is 15 and my son is 12. I was married but my ex-husband was doing things I didn't want myself or my children to be involved in, so we have been separated for over 10 years. So, #1 I deeply appreciate you standing up for us when people try and act like we are wrong for leaving a bad marriage or simply think we are single by choice. HOWEVER, when I happen to run into one of these people that think that women should stay with their childrens father no matter what, I often wonder, why we are the focus of attention when we are the ones gladly sacrificing every day of our lives to raise the children. We (well, most of us) are the ones who have held multiple jobs just so the children can have a stable place to live and food. We are the ones because 75% of us single mothers get ZERO financial support for the children. In my case, I have NEVER gotten even a dime from my ex-husband or any of his family for my children. But, because they are old enough to decide if they want to talk to him or not, I beg him to just be there for them emotionally. But, nope. Their whole life, he will call or email one day, get them to forgive him for not being in touch for the past 8 months, then actively participate in their lives via telephone, email, and facebook for a week to 2 weeks MAX, then guess what, he is unreachable again for another 6 months or greater. I feel as though I am rambling on but I just don't understand why the mothers, the ones that don't abandon the kids, who do whatever necessary to provide emotional, mental, physical, and financial support are the ones that are viewed as wrong? I love my children more than I love myself. I couldn't imagine my life without them. A mother's love is unconditional.

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  • CRYSTAL ATLANTA

    THIS TOUCHED ME BECAUSE I'M A SINGLE PARENT OF ONE AND IT HAS BEEN EXTREMELY HARD RAISING MY SON ALONE ESPECIALLY AFTER HE GOT TO BE A TEENAGER, SOMETIMES I DON'T KNOW IF I AM COMING OR GOING WITH THE STRESS I DEAL WITH RAISING A MAN AND I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT BEING A MAN SO I TIP MY HAT OFF TO THOSE WHO HAVE MORE BECAUSE I THINK I WOULD LOSE MY MIND. BUT I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART MR TYLER PERRY. I APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU DO FOR THE COMMUNITY. YOUR MOVIES AND PLAYS HAVE SHED SO MUCH LIGHT ON SITUATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY. YOUR MOVIE SINGLE MOMS CLUB WAS AWESOME BECAUSE I COULD RELATE ON SO MANY DIFFERENT LEVELS. THANKS FOR THAT I REALLY APPRECIATE IT. I ALSO WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR BEING SUCH A DOWN TO EARTH PERSON AND ALLOWING ME TO TAKE A PICTURE OF YOU.

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  • dorothea Columbia sc

    Hi thanks Mr Perry I watch your shows and plays and movies. And God always have a word in it for me. I to am a single mom of three 19 14 and 8 God helps me every day. Lol laughter is good for me as well keep listening. To God

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  • Traci Dionne Wells South African Citizen

    100

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  • Tasha Marie Rhodes Lady Lake, FL

    Dear Tyler, My mother raised my sister and me the best she could, with no help from the government! She had too much pride! She worked like a dog to put food on the table & clothes on our backs. She had 5 dresses. (one for each day of the week) I was young when I made a pact with myself that I'd never end up alone with 2 kids to support. Never had children. I regret that decision now that I'm in my 50's. So, Dearest Tyler, have your children before it's too late. You'll make a wonderful and beautiful child!!! Love, peace & soul, Tasha

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