Tyler 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. She says that she took the idea to him, only to have his people say they weren’t interested in working with her.
Kearney says that, to her surprise, she later found out that Perry’s legal team had filed suit to take the copyright away from her. She also says that she fought diligently over a number of years, but eventually found herself exhausted. In the first interaction, she 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, Kearney 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?”