Tyler Perry is getting the COVID-19 vaccine during an upcoming BET special to encourage the Black community to get their shots.
The media mogul, 51, announced his plans while talking to Gayle King on CBS This Morning on Wednesday, admitting he was also ‘skeptical’ about the vaccine at first.
Explaining the roots of this wariness, Tyler told Gayle: ‘If you look at our history in this country, the Tuskegee experiment, Henrietta Lacks, and things like that, it raises flags for us as African-American people.’
‘So I understand why there’s a healthy skepticism about the vaccine.’
The Tuskegee experiment was an unethical natural history study conducted between 1932 and 1972 by the United States Public Health Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which attempted to track the affects of untreated syphilis.
Henrietta Lacks was Black woman whose cancer cells were take without her consent for research and are now the source of the highly important research cell line, the HeLa cell line.