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Woman sued by Tyler Perry says he’s a fake Christian: “I felt bullied”

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lawsuitTyler Perry has been involved in a lawsuit over the use of the term, “What would Jesus Do?”  The phrase has been put into use for a show that Perry apparently has in the works.  But Kim Kearney (aka Poprah) says that she filed for the trademark before Perry did and has paperwork to prove it.

Kearney also says that she took the idea to Perry, only to have his people say they weren’t interested in the project.  During the interview below, she says that she felt that Perry was a man she could trust and one that she admired, but now her opinion has changed.

Kearney says that, to her surprise, she later found out that Perry’s legal team had filed suit to take the trademark away from her. She says that she fought diligently for a number of years, but eventually found herself exhausted and out of money.  She couldn’t afford legal representation and says that she was the victim of money and power as it overwhelmed her ability to fight back.

In the first case, Kearney says she was able to defend her trademark and thought the battle was over.  But then, after receiving a large pile of legal paperwork from Perry and his team, she then found out that the trademark had been taken away.

In an interview with Dr. Boyce Watkins, Kearney speaks of her long journey in the battle against Tyler Perry’s legal team.   She is very emotional and a little long-winded at times, but tells the story in detail about her passion as a Christian woman, who is also wondering, “Why would Tyler Perry do this to me?”

Kearney says that she trusted Perry and felt that his constant message of spirituality meant that he would be understanding of a woman’s battle to protect her rights and property.  But she says that after her experience with Tyler, she sees him as a “bully” whom she believes has used the work of others to build up his own reputation.

Watch the interview below and tell us what you think.  Is Tyler Perry a rich and powerful filmmaker seeking to do good in the world or is all of this part of a package of false imagery meant to glorify his name at the expense of others?  It’s important to hear all points of view in situations like this, so look at all of the evidence and make your own decision.



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  1. Arneader

    July 11, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Poprah has to stand on the story of David and Goliath Remember the battle us not hers it’s The Lord”s

    I’m in a legal situation with a governmental conglomerate and I have a speciality lawyer I had to get the White House involved to help me And this agency has to respond to the White House

    You are DIFFERENT you are not like the rest you stand out Hold onto that

    • Sadiq

      July 12, 2014 at 12:15 am

      Mr. Arneader,

      Would you be willing to share information on who you are using for legal representation in your case or how to go about getting help.

      We currently have a RICO municipality complaint against King County government of Washington State on behalf of my brother John Henry Jones Jr, detailing RICO violations on a Grand scale with regards to my brother and other so-called minorities in King County. We have smoking gun evidence of King County malfeasance and systemic racism which details falsifying evidence, false imprisonment, wrongful termination of employment, and defamation of character with regards to my brother. We also have a Union Executive and a King County official who are willing to testify on our behalf to the systemic racism and corruption inherent in King county government.

      This is not simply about a Wrongful termination or false imprisonment case, this is about how they have perfected the way they discriminate and disenfranchise so-called minorities and details the defrauding of the federal government of billions of dollars, monies given to the state of Washington for state administered social programs. Title 29 › Chapter 16 › Subchapter V Nondiscrimination under Federal grants and programs. Making this more than just a civil rights violations case it’s a RICO violations case. A culture of mistreatment regarding so-called minorities living within King County. Not a typical southern state scenario but from a typically liberal and democratic state located in the NW.

      Their systemic racially biased practices are in direct contrast to the official seal of King County, which is the facial bust of Dr. Martin Luther King. Making it a symbol without substance. We intend to bring substance back to the symbol of our brother by making government accountable to it citizens it represents, regardless of ethnicity.

      If you could help with pointing us in the right direction, we would sincerely appreciate it.

  2. 3d2002

    July 11, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    I remember hearing that Tyler Perry takes stories from other and use them as if they are his. There is a transvestite that said when Tyler was unknown they used to hang and she used to work at this comedy club and he stole her material. I hope Tyler is not that person.

  3. J.M.

    July 11, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Why is she just now coming out with this…hum????? I am sure since Tyler has come into his own, everyone is trying to get a little piece of him. That old game has gained strength again. She should have protected herself by researching what grounds are there to protect her from literary theft. There are patents, copyrights for literary works, artistic creation, etc. that should be filed with the ofc in DC before you put things out there.

    I had a similar situation happen to me years ago when i sent an idea into a radio station for public announcement. They never announced it or responded back to me. The next thing i knew they had revamped it and presented it as their own. You have to protect yourself. Then with the right counsel and she can prove her case. Do your homework girl, or you will (allegedly ) “get got” again. PS – that was a gospel station that pulled that one on me(LOL)!!

  4. Mayon'naise Jackson

    July 12, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Mo money mo problems!

    • Regina

      July 13, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      You are right about your comment,however, your name?

  5. Eva Clark

    July 12, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Is this serious? PLEASE

  6. me

    July 12, 2014 at 12:45 am

    what would Jesus do is old school I had the Tshirt in the ninetys. pleez

  7. Annie

    July 12, 2014 at 1:21 am

    It has been stated that she didn’t use it within a reasonally time, so it was no longer hers. It could then be used by anyone. She should give the whole story. If she had used it according to the law, he could not have gotten it without her consent.

    • Mary

      July 12, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      Touche! Amazing, AMAZING how loudly we can scream from a podium of ignorance!!!

      This lady didn’t invent the slogan: “what would Jesus do”! Seriously??? And from the research I’VE done, she abandoned the idea of using the slogan for her production, which gave Mr. Perry (and anybody else for that matter) the right to use it. Nothing personal – just business.

      The law and perception are 2 entirely different things people! I.e. MOST of us think that our employer HAS to give us breaks and a lunch. Right? Go read your State’s Department of Labor website and then come back and see me. MOST of us (myself included) would never DREAM that we could encounter legal problems and costs, trying to evict the nanny we hired after she stopped taking care of your kids, stopped working, locked herself in “her” bedroom (it’s your house now but she done took over a bedroom and it’s now “her’s”, and only come out when it’s time to eat), and REFUSES to LEAVE your house….how many of us would have thought it was OK to pimp slap her into the middle of next week, and throw her out of our homes? (Singing: Me-me-me-me-meeeeeeeeeee)!!!!

      Not so fast people!!! (Read it or watch the interview on ABC:
      “Fired Nanny Still in Family’s California Home)

      The moral of these and other stories? If you don’t know and abide by certain legalities in certain situations (not assume – KNOW), you will ALWAYS come out a loser. And even moreso when dealing with intellectual property.

      In this day and age of technical creativity and wealth, people will sue you for COUGHING in their direction, so it behooves EVERYONE, to get and stay informed so we’re just not “thinking” we’re protected (and the what WWJD story has absolutely NO basis so I’m not even referring to that)based on OUR limited knowledge, but then rope-a-doped when we least expect it!

      READ people – READ – ESPECIALLY before you go bashing and slandering someone’s character and name! Read up on intellectual property and the use of public domain. It’ll change your understanding and the way you rush to judgment when you hear stories like this.

      I’ve always been a bit of a sleuth since childhood. But when my daughter turned me on to “The Good Wife,” (trust, it’s about FAR more than sex, a law firm and the governor’s office) my desire for knowledge of the law went to a whole nother level! I REALLY started trawling the web for information on intellectual property, patent law, Bitcoin (and I’m STILL struggling with understanding Bitcoin cause I want IN) and a whole slew of other legal items, once I started watching The Good Wife.

      A lot of us aren’t even aware that some of the crimes, drama, espionage, terrorism, talk shows and legal shows on TV today, are actually stories taken from real life events!!! We’re blinded to the actual number of daily….DAILY, terrorist plots against this country that are shut down by our government, because we’re sitting around enjoying life and privileges and the “supposition” of safety, with little to no clue as to what’s going on all around us, behind the scenes. Most of us don’t have a CLUE!!!!

      Tyler Perry did nothing wrong. Even if he had in fact, why didn’t this lady go back and GET the slogan once Mr. Perry decided that it wouldn’t work with HIS production? (That oughta make you go:”hummm”)!!

      We are SO quick to judgement ESPECIALLY when it comes to people we don’t like and/or, envy!

      I am a DIE hard Tyler Perry fan in fact, I’m a die hard fan of ANYbody who can go thru abuse, homelessness, parental abandonment, abject disappointment, financial loss and all the resultant emotional baggage that comes along with those types of life challenges, and STILL come out on mogul. WITHOUT cheating, stealing, lying and doing harm to others!!! Tyler Perry, I salute you!!!

      The garbage about Mr. Perry stealing from others (“I heard that he steals ideas from people”) is just that: garbage. How do I know? Because anyone with half an OUNCE of a valid property ownership claim would have taken this man to court and hung him out to dry LONG ago!!! And it wouldn’t take any money to do it because ANY Lie-awyer (as MaDea calls em) would pee his pants to get his hands on some of dat Tyler Perry money!!!! And the ability to prove that Mr. Perry stole an idea or product from someone, would be just the thing a Lie-awyer would need to take Mr. Perry down!

      Naawwww the TRUTH of the matter is, we don’t know how to celebrate, support and learn from one another. It’s just easier to call names, sling mud and hope for OUR chance at success, thru another person’s downfall. Real talk.

      Reading is not only “fun”damental people, it’s often the difference between success, and failure. It’s literally, a life changer.

    • Regina

      July 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Copyright laws.

  8. Tony

    July 12, 2014 at 4:14 am

    Had everyone forgotten Poprah is crazy. I WORK FOR DIDDY , Poprah. There is nothing Christian in the way she speaks or acts. And didn’t she sue someone else some years ago? Was it DIDDY?

  9. Kell

    July 12, 2014 at 5:00 am

    How can anyone ever prove they were the first to “coin a term”?? I think it’s ridiculous! I use to say “Just Do It” all the time maybe I should sue Nike???

  10. Miss Heal

    July 12, 2014 at 5:28 am

    Pray God protect her. She’s been through a lot.

  11. Debra Curry

    July 12, 2014 at 8:51 am

    You should know by now, there is under the table payment with the lawyers. Just pray for Tyler Perry that he has a change of heart. She does have rights, TD Jake’s copyrighted ” Woman thou art Loosed” , and no one can use it either, unless they get permission from him.

  12. Rev. George Brooks

    July 12, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Once again, this is very poor journalism. The story leaves did not contain enough questions, or answers to fully tell us the whole story, here. Who is this woman, and is she a film writer, or what in the entertainment field? And didn’t she have sense enough to have her work protected by law before talking to Tyler Perry, or anyone else? Or is she trying to hustle Perry, who is, himself, a “hustler” of stories that he uses to make these sick and one-sided kind of movies, but seemingly fulfill that oddball ego of his. What does this woman do, professionally or work wise? I’m finding fault in both of them — Perry and this woman. As well as feel sick of this sorry journalism on this website. GET THE FULL STORY, before you put them on here. And why did you not tell us who Perry’s attorneys are? Most likely because they are Jews, or other white folks. And you are afraid to mention them in the messy fight between two black people. — Rev. George Brooks

  13. Yahdiah

    July 12, 2014 at 10:11 am

    No, she is wrong about Perry being a fake Christian. He is a real Christian and so is she. They both are the real true Christians because this is what Christians do. Blacks it’s time to wake up. They don’t practice the laws of peace, they don’t even know the laws of b peace. And yes, they sue and hate on each other.

  14. Shimmy

    July 12, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Rev George Brooks look at the video and there you will find the answer to ALL YOUR QUESTIONS..

  15. Shimmy

    July 12, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Yahdiah , you sound hateful and foolish. Stop being a hater

    • Regina

      July 13, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      Why should she recant what she is saying? She is telling the truth. You as a so-called xtian will put down other religions and other people because they’re not xtian and yet aren’t you a hater?

  16. Deborah Bee

    July 12, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    When it comes to money, even Catholic hospitals are willing to look the other way when it cones to lawsuits and abortion. Money is Tyler Perry’s religion.

  17. Yahdiah

    July 12, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Shimmy, please learn the difference between love and hate.

  18. Yahdiah

    July 12, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Shimmy it’s time for blacks to st being hateful and foolish towards each other. Please learn the “Peaceful Solution Character Education Program.”

  19. veronica

    July 13, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Some people need to get a life that is between HIM n GOD not you

  20. A. Hodges

    July 14, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Doesn’t matter. Christians should never fight, especially over anything of this world-for we are not of this world.

    Tyler, td jakes and the likes are EXTREMELY worldly. Having the workd’s ear is a platform to further promote the Word of God and nothing else in addition. They are trying to serve both God and money. The Lord clearly states we can’t do both.

  21. Israeline yah

    July 14, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in Heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it was a trumpet talking with me, which said come up here and I will show you things that MUST be…. Revelation 4:1
    Please, let us rise from our basement mind and come up to the highest level of thinking. Some of these things being said is irrelevant. We are being compelled to think on a higher level. In order to do this elevated thinking we must meet the requirement of getting WISDOM.
    …I saw a star fall from Heaven unto the earth…. Revelation 9:1 And it was commanded …that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither ANY TREE, but only those men which have not the seal of GOD in their foreheads. Revelation 9:4. Leave Tyler Perry alone and it will be proven whether he is a man of God.
    Pray we all thrive in Love, Life, Truth, Peace, Faith, Hope, Knowledge, Wisdom, Understanding, Mercy, Grace and Power.

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