Taraji P. Henson Speaks On “Empire’s” Alleged Barack Obama Backlash
Taraji P. Henson is clarifying part of her interview with “Uptown Magazine” that detailed a scene in “Empire” when Hakeem dubbed President Obama a sellout.
By the time you read this, there will have been enough stereotype-laden episodes aired on Empire to keep your tongues wagging and your Twitter soapbox on fleek. Since the pilot, backlash about homosexual and black stereotypes has kicked up—some creating harsh social media sparring, some sprinkled nonchalantly over the dinner table.
Either way, talk is good, according to the show’s leading lady. “I’m just proud that people are talking. Everybody don’t like Barack Obama,” she says, referencing the second episode of the season where her on-screen son, Hakeem (Gray) slams the POTUS, calling him a sellout. “People are out there saying that. That’s what art is supposed to do: expose this s***. You know, we’re dealing with subject matter that’s not really dealt with.
Art is supposed to challenge, start a conversation, so let’s lift the carpet up and deal with this dirt. It’s not like we bashed Barack Obama and the show went off. No, Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) jumped in his [son’s] a**. That’s real life stuff. So I’m glad you’re mad. Do something about it. Go in the hood and talk to the kids so they don’t do dumb stuff like that.”
The interview has since spurned headlines that the controversial scene created backlash from folks who couldn’t believe that Lee Daniels would write a scene calling out The POTUS.
Hmmmm….juicy story but is it really true???
See what Taraji had to say about the alleged “backlash” after the flip.